(Update 3:00 p.m.) - Nobody was injured in the Tuesday morning fire about four miles south of Chillicothe. Sheriff Steve Cox report the family was not home at the time the blaze started in their residence along Highway 65. Firefighters remain on scene, and the Missouri State Fire Marshal has been called in to help investigate.
Press Release from the Livingston County Sheriff’s Departmetn
This morning the LCSO, Chillicothe Rural Fire, area supporting fire districts responded to a residence about 4 miles south of Chillicothe along U.S. 65 as a motorist noticed smoke coming from the home. Firefighters remain on scene at the time of this press release continuing to battle the blaze. No one was reported to be home at the time of the fire and the owner(s) arrived after the dispatcher was able to contact them. A family dog made it out of the home when the firefighters forced entry and a pet cat has not yet been located. Sheriff Cox requested assistance from the Missouri Fire Marshall to help in determining the cause of the blaze. Fortunately no one has been injured and the fire crews did a remarkable job with the fire and strong winds.
(Update 2:40 p.m.) - Crews with the Chillicothe, Hale and Dawn districts were still putting out the flames. That report was courtesy of another KMZU listener. The caller reports the residence is a total loss, but all occupants are safe. We are working to confirm that report with Chillicothe authorities.
Emergency crews in Livingston County were called to a house fire about three miles south of Chillicothe on the east side of Highway 65. That fire was reported shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday.