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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Rural firefighters called out twice Friday

  • A shed fire at 10859 Route O brought Hannibal Rural and New London firefighters to the scene late Friday morning.
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  • A shed fire at 10859 Route O brought Hannibal Rural and New London firefighters to the scene late Friday morning.
    Later Friday the Hannibal Rural firefighters were called to anther fire, which was out when the trucks arrived.
    No homes were involved in either fire, according to the fire district, although the one on Route O had some heat damage.
    The shed on Route O and a truck parked near the shed were both a complete loss. The house at this location was across a small creek that had a man-made bridge built to make a driveway. Fire trucks were unable to cross the bridge because of its size and how deep the creek ravine was.
    Two ambulances blocked the road so that Hannibal Rural Fire could string multiple hoses together to fight the fire.
    The owner of the property did not want to talk to any media.
    Ralls County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Rich Adair provided the information on what was lost in the blaze.
    Michael Bateman of the Hannibal Rural Fire Protection District later explained the cause of the fire was undetermined, “but we’re pretty sure it was a dog knocked over a heat lamp. It’s undetermined, so we can’t say that.”
    He said the dog’s leash was found, so it was presumed the dog broke the leash and escaped the fire.
    Bateman added that it also was undetermined how many vehicles were lost. “It was a truck and I’m not sure if there was another vehicle in the garage. It was fully involved when we got there.”
    He said there was “a little bit of heat damage to the house. We got some water and put it out real quick. It took a while to stretch hoses from the highway to the scene.”
    Firefighters hauled 7,000 gallons of water to extinguish this fire, Bateman reported.
    Saverton scene
    of second fire
    At 3:31 p.m. Friday, Hannibal Rural firefighters were called to property owned by John Borden, 12562 Saverton West Drive in Saverton.
    Fire Chief Mike Dobson explained, “He apparently had an extension cord that shorted, and it set an exterior wall of the garage” on fire.
    “He was at home at the time of the fire,” Dobson said.
    “A neighbor actually alerted him to the fire, and they had it knocked down when we got here.”
    Bateman said although the fire was out when they arrived at the scene, firefighters “did a routine check with a thermal cam to see if we had fire behind the dry wall, and there was none.”
    Page 2 of 2 - The garage was attached to the house, he said, but the fire did not spread through the wall.
    Dobson noted that for his volunteer firefighters, Friday was a busy day.
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