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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Fire guts home on tenant's moving day

  • A fire broke out in a Rolla home this past Saturday morning — the same day the new tenant planned to move into the residence. No one was injured in the blaze that Rolla firefighters responded to around 7:28 a.m. Jan. 4 at 201 Woodland Drive. The fire had spread so much when fire crews arrived that they had to evacuate the residence.
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  • A fire broke out in a Rolla home this past Saturday morning — the same day the new tenant planned to move into the residence.
    No one was injured in the blaze that Rolla firefighters responded to around 7:28 a.m. Jan. 4 at 201 Woodland Drive. The fire had spread so much when fire crews arrived that they had to evacuate the residence.
    Rolla Fire Chief Robert Williams said the fire appears to have started around the furnace area in the attic.
    "We looked at the burn patterns ... there is nothing to indicate it was anything other than accidental," Williams said.
    Williams said he talked to the first fire captain to arrive on scene, who said smoke could be seen from the fire department's Station 2 on Fourth Street.
    The home was unoccupied at the time.
    "The fire went undetected for a while," the fire chief said. "Once crews got there, they forced entry into the house."
    Williams said soon afterward, the firefighters in the house had to evacuate.
    According to Williams, a woman was supposed to start moving into the home that day. He said fortunately for her, none of her items were in the house yet.
    Williams called the house a total loss.
    According to the fire chief, the landlord let the tenant put her belongings in a storage shed and is helping the woman find another place to live.
    Around 21 Rolla firefighters responded to the scene and seven pieces of fire apparatus were used to fight the blaze.
    Williams complimented his firefighters for the job they did, adding that he was glad the fire did not happen during Sunday's snowstorm.

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