The trail of smoke that could be seen from the northern city limits of Rolla Wednesday morning led to a fire at a group home 2.6 miles south of the city limits.
The fire started between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m., and as of 10:30 a.m. flames were still shooting from portions of the building.
Responders on scene have received reports that three people may have been trapped in the building, but have been unable to confirm this information.
At least four fire departments responded to fight the blaze including Rolla Rural Fire Protection District, Rolla City Fire and Rescue, Doolittle Fire Department and St. James Fire Department, with RRFPD leading the fight.
Phelps County Sheriff’s Office, Rolla Police Department, Phelps County Regional Medical Center Ambulance crews and St. James Ambulance District were also on scene to assist.
A press conference is planned for Wednesday afternoon with more details on this event.