A kitchen fire at the rural Hannibal home of Charles L. Noel was extinguished Friday morning, Jan. 12.

A kitchen fire at the rural Hannibal home of Charles L. Noel was extinguished Friday morning, Jan. 12.

Mike Dobson, fire chief with the Hannibal Rural Fire Protection District, reported firefighters were called at 10:53 a.m. Friday to 11976 Twin Acres Road, south of Hannibal off Route HH, with a report of smoke coming from the home.

The Hannibal Rural firefighters were assisted by members of the New London Fire Department and worked together to extinguish a fire that started in the kitchen.

Dobson said the fire had spread to the attic, and firefighters accessed the attic through the vents on each end of the home to knock down the fire. They were able to move to the kitchen to complete the extinguishment of the fire.

Firefighters were hampered by the cold conditions that required that oil dry be spread, so the firefighters did not fall on the ice.

The Missouri State Fire Marshal was called to determine the cause of the fire.

According to Dobson, after interviewing Noel and examining the fire scene, it was determined the fire to be accidental. Noel said his daughter had picked him up for a doctor's appointment, and he had forgotten to turn off a teapot.

Fire damage was limited to the kitchen and attic area. Smoke and water damage was sustained by the rest of the home. Firefighters were on the scene for about five hours. There were no injuries reported. Ralls County Ambulance personnel stood by during the event.