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Clark County house fire reignites twice

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KAHOKA, Mo. (WGEM) — Clark County, Missouri firefighters had to return to the scene of a vacant house fire twice.

Clark County Fire Chief Christopher Blomgren said the fire in the 400 block of Walnut in Kahoka first broke out at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Blomgren said heavy smoke and the glow of the fire was visible from the fire station.

When firefighters from Kahoka, Revere, and Wayland arrived on the scene, they saw heavy flames on the backside of the home and heavy smoke was pouring out of the structure.

Blomgren said the Clark County Fire department requested help from the Revere and Wayland Fire Departments.

Blomgren reported that despite the efforts of firefighters on scene, rooms that were extinguished from the outside would flare up again soon after the firefighters moved on.

Blomgren also said that small trees, shrubs, wire decorations and miscellaneous fencing located around the home, made it difficult for firefighters as they moved tools, ladders, and hoses around the home.

Several Firefighters suffered from falls on the property. Three Firefighters were evaluated on the scene by the Clark County Ambulance and were released to continue fighting the fire.

Firefighters were not able to enter the property due to debris on the floor and the unknown floor stability over a cellar in the back of the property.

Blomgren said neighbors told them that the homeowner recently moved into a nursing home. Several oxygen tanks and paint cans left in the residence added fuel to the fire.

Blomgren said crews returned to the home around midnight after the fire reignited.

He said at that time due to the extreme heat from the flames and heavy damage crews let the structure burn and it collapsed.

Crews were called back to the vacant home a third time around 7 a.m. Wednesday after the fire once again reignited.

Crews stayed on scene for a few hours to make sure it did not spread to other neighboring homes or vehicles.

Blomgren said the cause of the fire is undetermined, and the Kahoka Fire Department will be working with insurance agents and investigators as needed. 

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Richard Denson

Richard Denson is the Morning Content Producer for WGEM News.

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