Firefighters and investigators remained on the scene well into the afternoon after a fire severely damaged a home in rural Franklin County near Moselle on Tuesday morning.
Details were sketchy at The Missourian’s press deadline, but it was confirmed there were no injuries in the two-alarm blaze in the 3300 block of Schuchart Park Road that first was reported at 9:32 a.m. Schuchart Park Road is located off of Old Cove Road north of the River Round Conservation Area east of Moselle.
Franklin County authorities confirmed that five individuals — four adults and one child — lived in the residence, and all of them were accounted for shortly after the blaze was reported.
No one was home when the fire started. The cause was unknown at The Missourian’s press deadline.
There were reports of explosions coming from inside the residence.
Franklin County Arson Investigator Jim Schuhmacher was at the scene on Tuesday afternoon and was sifting through debris looking for clues. He told The Missourian it appears the fire started on the main level of the home.
The Missourian was told that the fire was under control about two hours after it first was reported.
Dispatch information stated that the residence was a single story and that when the first crews arrived the structure was “fully involved.”
St. Clair Fire Protection District Chief Les Crews was at the scene and could not provide any additional information.