La Monte fire results in complete loss of building


No one injured in late Tuesday afternoon fire

By Hope Lecchi - [email protected]



Members of the La Monte Volunteer Fire Department and the Pettis County Fire District work to pull metal sheets from a farm building located at 16125 N. state Route 127 in La Monte Tuesday afternoon. The structure, owned by Matt Guier, who was renting the farm, was a complete loss.


A small propane tank smolders after being burned in a fire Tuesday afternoon on a farm north of La Monte. According La Monte Volunteer Fire Chief Ray Durham, several small propane tanks were believed to be in the structure and some of them exploded during the fire.


A wooden beam burns after the metal farm building it was a part of collapsed after being engulfed in a late Tuesday afternoon fire.


The flames from a late afternoon fire are visible after the metal frame building where the fire started collapsed. Volunteer firefighters from La Monte were assisted by the Pettis County Fire District. Sweet Springs provided an ambulance and medical personnel to the scene. Firefighters were on hand for an hour and a half and were going to remain at the scene until the fire was completely extinguished according to Ray Durham, La Monte Volunteer Fire Department Chief.


Volunteer firefighters from La Monte and Pettis County work to douse the remaining flames from a late afternoon fire which destroyed a 50-foot by 70-foot metal farm building. The building was a complete loss due in part to several small propane tanks that exploded and the high winds at the time of the fire. No one was injured in the fire.


No one injured in late Tuesday afternoon fire

By Hope Lecchi

[email protected]

Members of the La Monte Volunteer Fire Department and the Pettis County Fire District work to pull metal sheets from a farm building located at 16125 N. state Route 127 in La Monte Tuesday afternoon. The structure, owned by Matt Guier, who was renting the farm, was a complete loss.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_tsd122315lamontefirestory1.jpgMembers of the La Monte Volunteer Fire Department and the Pettis County Fire District work to pull metal sheets from a farm building located at 16125 N. state Route 127 in La Monte Tuesday afternoon. The structure, owned by Matt Guier, who was renting the farm, was a complete loss.

A small propane tank smolders after being burned in a fire Tuesday afternoon on a farm north of La Monte. According La Monte Volunteer Fire Chief Ray Durham, several small propane tanks were believed to be in the structure and some of them exploded during the fire.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_tsd122315lamontefirestory2.jpgA small propane tank smolders after being burned in a fire Tuesday afternoon on a farm north of La Monte. According La Monte Volunteer Fire Chief Ray Durham, several small propane tanks were believed to be in the structure and some of them exploded during the fire.

A wooden beam burns after the metal farm building it was a part of collapsed after being engulfed in a late Tuesday afternoon fire.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_tsd122315lamontefirestory3.jpgA wooden beam burns after the metal farm building it was a part of collapsed after being engulfed in a late Tuesday afternoon fire.

The flames from a late afternoon fire are visible after the metal frame building where the fire started collapsed. Volunteer firefighters from La Monte were assisted by the Pettis County Fire District. Sweet Springs provided an ambulance and medical personnel to the scene. Firefighters were on hand for an hour and a half and were going to remain at the scene until the fire was completely extinguished according to Ray Durham, La Monte Volunteer Fire Department Chief.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_tsd122315lamontefirestory4.jpgThe flames from a late afternoon fire are visible after the metal frame building where the fire started collapsed. Volunteer firefighters from La Monte were assisted by the Pettis County Fire District. Sweet Springs provided an ambulance and medical personnel to the scene. Firefighters were on hand for an hour and a half and were going to remain at the scene until the fire was completely extinguished according to Ray Durham, La Monte Volunteer Fire Department Chief.

Volunteer firefighters from La Monte and Pettis County work to douse the remaining flames from a late afternoon fire which destroyed a 50-foot by 70-foot metal farm building. The building was a complete loss due in part to several small propane tanks that exploded and the high winds at the time of the fire. No one was injured in the fire.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_tsd122315lamontefirestory5.jpgVolunteer firefighters from La Monte and Pettis County work to douse the remaining flames from a late afternoon fire which destroyed a 50-foot by 70-foot metal farm building. The building was a complete loss due in part to several small propane tanks that exploded and the high winds at the time of the fire. No one was injured in the fire.

A late Tuesday afternoon fire at a La Monte farm caused the complete destruction to a farm building, according to La Monte Fire Chief Ray Durham.

Members from the Pettis County Fire District and medical personnel from Sweet Springs assisted volunteers from the La Monte Fire Department in putting out the blaze.

No one was injured in the fire.

The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time. Durham did say that some small propane tanks exploded inside the building during the fire.

“The propane tanks exploding and the high winds contributed to the building collapsing,” Durham said.

Durham said those on the scene were grateful the structure was a metal building and not a wooden one.

The La Monte Volunteer Firefighters had eight volunteers at the fire and PCFD had 13 who responded to the property.

Firefighters were on the scene for an hour and a half working to contain the blaze.

“We’ll remain here until the fire is out,” Durham said. “We think there are still some more small propane tanks inside the building but we can’t know for sure since the roof caved in.”

The 50-foot by 70-foot structure contained farm equipment and “a lot of stuff,” according to Durham.

“There was a camping trailer near the structure,” Durham said. “We were able to get it moved away from the structure and we were able to save it.”

No other buildings on the property were damaged in the fire.

The farm, located at 16125 N. state Route 127, is owned by Matt Guier and was being rented at the time of the fire.

Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484

Sedalia Democrat

Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484

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