provided by Chris Ruppel

CHILLICOTHE, MO – A residence has burned to the ground according to Chillicothe Fire officials.

Fire crews were dispatched to the fire this afternoon to 123 Tenth Street, where they found excessive flames in the middle of the house spreading rapidly. After attacking the fire from within the structure, crews soon had to retreat outside. Firefighters contained the blaze from spreading to another residence, only five feet away from the burning building. However, crews were unable to keep some of the siding on the second home from melting.

The burnt home was declared a total loss. Fire crews say the cause of the blaze is undetermined, but were confident that a wood stove within the home was not a cause. The homeowners, Devon and Amy Hand, were displaced and put in contact with Red Cross.

One casualty that resulted from the fire was a family pet that did not make it out of the home. No other injuries were reported.