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