The owners of a two-story home in Ellisville were away on vacation when their home was destroyed by fire Thursday evening, August 2.
At approximately 11:30 p.m. firefighters from the city of Ellisville were called to 5097 Highway 11 North. Upon arrival firefighters saw heavy smoke coming from the home and the firefighters began an interior attack. Firefighters inside the home were called out just before flames erupted from the collapse of the roof and the entire home was fully engulfed in flames.
Volunteer fire units from Calhoun, Pleasant Ridge, Glade and South Jones were called to the scene to provide water and personnel support.
Also responding to the scene were Jones County Fire Coordinator Dan McKenna, Jones County Sheriff's Department Fire Investigator Scott Gable, and Fishers of Men in Action, FOMA, from Magnolia Baptist Church who provided hydration for the firefighters.
"Due to the way this home was constructed, this particular fire presented a situation that was very dangerous for firefighters," said McKenna. "The main fire was hidden within the structure and what appeared to be small fire in one portion of the home suddenly became a huge fire that engulfed the entire home."
According to McKenna one unidentified firefighter with the city of Ellisville suffered a fractured ankle while fighting the fire and transported to South Central Regional Medical Center by EMServ ambulance service.
The cause of the fire is unknown and remains under investigation by the Jones County Sheriff's Department.