A Jefferson County family lost their home on Thursday as fire destroyed the two-story structure.
Crews were dispatched just after 4:30 p.m. to the fire burning about halfway between Clancy and Jefferson City on Highway 282.
Firefighters from Jefferson City, Clancy, Montana City, and East Valley spent hours battling the fire, but the home is a complete loss.
Jefferson City Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bud Siderits said the fire started in the basement of the building which made conditions difficult for firefighters.
“We can’t go in the building, because the basement was burning, and I noticed the floor is spongy, so we backed out right away,” said Siderits, “We have to look out for firefighter safety.”
Chick Bruce of Clancy Volunteer Fire Department thanked all of the first responders for their hard work.
“There was a lot of good coordinated volunteer effort,” said Bruce, “We had a lot of structure damage but fortunately nobody was hurt.”
The family of the home was able to safely evacuate when the fire started, and have been taken in by family members for the time being.
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. There were no serious injuries reported.
-John Riley reporting for MTN News