Fire destroys La Monte residence Monday evening


No injuries reported during incident

By Nicole Cooke - [email protected]



Members of the La Monte Community Fire Department battle a huge blaze Monday evening at a residence on state Route Y in La Monte, just east of state Route 127. The call came in just before 4 p.m. and crews were still on scene late Monday night.


Two La Monte firefighters work together to extinguish a portion of Monday’s residence fire in La Monte. La Monte firefighters called in the Pettis County Fire District and the Green Ridge Fire Department for water support.


Firefighters work to contain the flames and large amount of smoke coming from the state Route Y residence in La Monte. The home was considered a total loss, and La Monte Assistant Fire Chief Mariah Durham said they were focusing on containing the flames at that point.


A firefighter volunteer on scene hands a roll of hose to La Monte Assistant Fire Chief Mariah Durham as the fire reached the rear of the residence.


A firefighter works to contain the smoke and small flames left inside the residence’s garage as the flames spread to the other side of the home.


No injuries reported during incident

By Nicole Cooke

[email protected]

Members of the La Monte Community Fire Department battle a huge blaze Monday evening at a residence on state Route Y in La Monte, just east of state Route 127. The call came in just before 4 p.m. and crews were still on scene late Monday night.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_TSD011916LaMonteFIre3.jpgMembers of the La Monte Community Fire Department battle a huge blaze Monday evening at a residence on state Route Y in La Monte, just east of state Route 127. The call came in just before 4 p.m. and crews were still on scene late Monday night.

Two La Monte firefighters work together to extinguish a portion of Monday’s residence fire in La Monte. La Monte firefighters called in the Pettis County Fire District and the Green Ridge Fire Department for water support.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_TSD011916LaMonteFire23.jpgTwo La Monte firefighters work together to extinguish a portion of Monday’s residence fire in La Monte. La Monte firefighters called in the Pettis County Fire District and the Green Ridge Fire Department for water support.

Firefighters work to contain the flames and large amount of smoke coming from the state Route Y residence in La Monte. The home was considered a total loss, and La Monte Assistant Fire Chief Mariah Durham said they were focusing on containing the flames at that point.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_TSD011916LaMonteFire33.jpgFirefighters work to contain the flames and large amount of smoke coming from the state Route Y residence in La Monte. The home was considered a total loss, and La Monte Assistant Fire Chief Mariah Durham said they were focusing on containing the flames at that point.

A firefighter volunteer on scene hands a roll of hose to La Monte Assistant Fire Chief Mariah Durham as the fire reached the rear of the residence.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_TSD011916LaMonteFire43.jpgA firefighter volunteer on scene hands a roll of hose to La Monte Assistant Fire Chief Mariah Durham as the fire reached the rear of the residence.

A firefighter works to contain the smoke and small flames left inside the residence’s garage as the flames spread to the other side of the home.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_TSD011916LaMonteFire53.jpgA firefighter works to contain the smoke and small flames left inside the residence’s garage as the flames spread to the other side of the home.

A residence on state Route Y in La Monte, just east of state Route 127, was destroyed Monday evening after a fire damaged the entire structure.

The fire is the second in two days on state Route Y in La Monte, with Sunday’s auto sales building fire taking place less than a mile away from Monday’s residence fire. La Monte Community Fire Department Assistant Chief Mariah Durham said the call came in between 3:45 and 4 p.m. Monday, and by the time crews were on scene large flames could be seen from the home.

“When we got the call, the attic was fully engulfed and moving into the garage,” she said. “We arrived on scene, immediately hooked up the hoses, started pumping water. We called for Pettis County (Fire District) for water support. When we saw what we had going on we also called for Green Ridge (Fire Department).”

Pettis County Ambulance District was also on scene. Tankers from PCFD and GRFD made several trips to fill up with water to help La Monte firefighters combat the fire. Due to how quickly the home was engulfed, the firefighters were simply trying to contain the fire.

“We’re just trying to keep it from spreading, control it, let it fall in on itself,” Durham said.

While the cause wasn’t officially determined by press time, Durham said it was “suspect of a flue fire.” The residence’s occupants were home when the fire started, but Durham said they all made it out safely. No injuries were reported.

Freezing temperatures continued to drop as the sun set Monday night, and because of the amount of water runoff from the scene, MoDOT was called in to treat the portion of Route Y near the home, which was blocked off by Pettis County Sheriff’s Office deputies during the incident. The road reopened around 9 p.m. Monday. The cold weather also affected the firefighters on scene.

“My guys are froze solid. Many of them are chopping the ice off their pants just to even walk,” Durham said. “The truck plate gets very slippery, it gets very dangerous.”

Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or @NicoleRCooke.

Sedalia Democrat

Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or @NicoleRCooke.

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