A home in the Rocky Mount Fire Protection southwest of Eldon was heavily damaged by fire Friday evening.

At approximately 5:35 p.m. April 20, 2018, Rocky Mount Fire Protection District units responded to a structure fire at 163 Hittridge Rd. southwest of Eldon, according to information provided by the district. First crews on scene arrived at 5:42 p.m. Initial information provided by the district indicated the structure was over 50 percent involved with fire throughout the attic. 

The owner was outside the structure, according to a later press release from the district. Heavy fire was coming from three windows and a door on the northeast end of the structure and heavy smoke was coming from the rest of the structure. Firefighters were advised there was no one in the structure; she got a dog out but there was still a cat and gecko (pet lizard) still inside.

No one was home at the time the fire started. According to the district, the owner had left the home around 5 p.m., returning around 5:33 to find smoke coming from the rear of the house. 

Fire units made an aggressive offensive attack with three hand lines (fire hoses). The fire was brought under control at approximately 6:33 p.m. Units then preformed salvage and overhaul, and an investigation. All fire units cleared the scene at 1:55 a.m. Saturday, April 21.

The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental after an investigation by Rocky Mount and the State Fire Marshal's Office, but no cause has been issued at this time. 

The press release noted that the home did have working smoke detectors.

Rocky Mount Fire responded to this incident with seven personnel and were assisted at the scene by Eldon Fire with four personnel, Lake Ozark Fire with four personnel and Miller County Ambulance with two personnel.

There were operating smoke detectors in the home, the press release from the district stated. The Rocky Mount Fire Protection District reminded everyone of the importance of having operational smoke detectors. Smoke and deadly gasses from a fire can become lethal in three minutes or less. Working smoke detectors are important for you and your family’s safety. Check your smoke detectors once a month, replace the batteries twice a year and replace all smoke detectors that are over 10 years old. If there is no date on the back of your smoke detector it should be replaced.

Moreau Fire was en route to this scene but canceled their response to assist at the Route Y motor vehicle accident in Rocky Mount Fire District.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved it that tragic accident,” stated the district.

Rocky Mount Fire units also handled a medical call at 5:51 p.m. with one truck responding to that call.

Rocky Mount units cleared all scenes at approximately 2 a.m. April 21.