Blaze Rips Through Home

Union Fire Protection District firefighters are putting water on this blaze at a home on College Road south of Union. Firefighters were dispatched Sunday at 10 a.m. Authorities said the fire began on the porch of the home. There were no injuries in the fire.  

Investigators are looking into the cause the blaze that caused heavy damage to a home south of Union Sunday morning.

Union Fire Protection District Chief Russ Hamilton said the fire originated near the center of the front porch of the home located at 888 College Road, south of Union.

Union crews were dispatched to the scene at 10 a.m. They were assisted by firefighters from Boles, St. Clair and Washington departments.

“There was quite a bit of damage,” Hamilton said. “There was a lot of fire damage to the front portion and naturally water damage.”

He added that Franklin County authorities are still looking into the cause of the blaze.

“We’re looking at several sources of ignition, but I don’t see anything suspicious,” said Franklin County Arson Investigator Jim Schuhmacher.

There were no injuries reported in the fire, Hamilton added.

There were residents home when the fire began, but they were out of the house by the time fire crews arrived on the scene.

Firefighters were at the scene until about 1:15 p.m.

There were four tanker trucks that responded to the fire, and eight other trucks that carried firefighters, Hamilton said.

Beaufort and Pacific crews provided “move up” coverage within the Union district.

Union police, Franklin County deputies and the Missouri State Highway Patrol also responded to the scene.

Hamilton said firefighters were dispatched to the home Sunday evening, but there was no fire located then.