At approximately 3:24 a.m. on Sunday morning, Central Communications received a 911 call about a structure fire on East 2nd Street, in Newburg. A dual response was initiated and the Doolittle Fire Department was dispatched to the scene.

 At approximately 3:24 a.m. on Sunday morning, Central Communications received a 911 call about a structure fire on East 2nd Street, in Newburg.  A dual response was initiated and the Doolittle Fire Department was dispatched to the scene.

At approximately 3:30 a.m. Phelps County deputies arrived on scene and observed the structure engulfed in flames.  The deputies were advised there was a 12-year-old boy still on the second floor of the residence.  They attempted to make entry into the home, but were unable to do so because of the heavy smoke and fire.  

Fire units began arriving at about 3:31 a.m. and determined that it was not safe for fire personnel to enter the structure.  The fire was later brought under control by fire fighters from the Doolittle Fire Department, Rolla Rural Fire Department, Rolla City Fire Department, and the St. James Fire Department.

There were three juveniles, transported to the Phelps County Regional Medical Center for smoke inhalation and burns.  An adult family member was treated at the scene, but refused any further medical treatment.  A Phelps County deputy was also taken to the Phelps County Regional Medical Center for smoke inhalation, he was treated and released.  There is one confirmed fatality, a 12-year-old boy.  The identity of the person fatally injured will not be released at this time.

As a result, an investigation into the cause of the fire was initiated by the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department, Doolittle Fire Department, and the Missouri State Fire Marshall’s Office.  The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.  

Assisting the Doolittle Fire Department with this call was the Rolla City Fire Department, St. James Fire Department, Phelps County Ambulance, Missouri State Fire Marshall’s Office, Phelps County Coroner’s Office, and the Newburg Police Department.

As this is an ongoing investigation, no further comments will be made at this time.