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Blaze off Highway 28 considered suspicious, local firefighters say
Blaze off Highway 28 considered suspicious, local firefighters say

Firefighters work to extinguish a Monday evening blaze on Happy Drive off Highway 28 north of Exit 163.
SAINT ROBERT, Mo. (March 1, 2010) — Fire destroyed a vacant mobile home a few miles north of Exit 163 Monday evening.

The cause of the blaze is unknown and the incident is considered suspicious, according to Waynesville Deputy Fire Chief Andy Baker.

“It was fully involved when the people called it in,” Baker said. “When we arrived, the front end was collapsing in.”

The fire on Happy Drive off Highway 28 left little standing of the small 14x70 foot mobile home. Baker said nobody was inside the unit at the time of the blaze. No other structures were in danger, but the blaze has started an additional fire he said.

“It was all an exterior attack. We just knocked it all down and knocked down the natural cover fire that it started,” Baker said.

Eight Waynesville firefighters responded with one engine and one tanker; three St. Robert firefighters assisted with one tanker. Baker said his department was paged to the reported residential structure fire at 4:57 p.m. and firefighters left the scene shortly before 6:30 p.m.

No utilities were connected to the home, Baker said, and the cause remains under investigation.

“It was vacant so it would be suspicious,” Baker said.

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