The Warrensburg Fire Department got a call early Saturday morning to help extinguish a small blaze.

Click to hear KMZU’s Chris Clift talk with Warrensburg Fire Chief Phil Johnston about that situation and some general fire safety:

Phil Johnston

Press release from the Warrensburg Fire Department:

At 5:14 am today, July 7, the Warrensburg Fire Department responded to a structure fire at the Johnson County Fire Protection District’s Station No. 11.  This station serves as the operations base for the Fire District’s water rescue program.

The fire origin appears to be within the engine compartment of a former ambulance that is used to carry diving and water rescue equipment.

Battalion Chief Doyle Oxley was the incident commander.  Fire and Emergency Prevention Officer Jeremy VanWey was the lead investigator for this incident.

The Warrensburg Fire Department’s investigation will most likely be completed this morning.  Any further investigation will be done by the Fire District’s investigators or investigators from their insurance carrier.  This is customary for fires such as this one because the origin appears to be within the engine compartment of a vehicle, not as a result of the vehicle being
a fire department-owned unit.

The majority of the direct fire damage is confined to the vehicle, its contents, and adjacent areas of the building interior.  Smoke damage and soot damage are evident throughout the building.

Warrensburg firefighters responded promptly and quickly extinguished the fire.  No injuries were reported to have occurred during the fire fighting.

Warrensburg and UCM police officers provided traffic control at the scene.