A Jefferson County family lost their home on Thursday as fire destroyed the two-story structure.
There were no serious injuries reported.
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.
- Reported by John Riley
A GoFundMe page has been created to help the family; it states:
Becki and Travis have been working hard to fight through medical challenges this year and lost their historic family home Thursday October 4th in a devastating house fire. The building was declared a total loss and the family will be starting over completely. They have two girls in high school and a precious special needs son. They need clothing, household goods, school supplies and finances toward a new beginning. Please support them in any way you can. Everything helps and is greatly appreciated.