ARNOLD, MO (KTVI) - An Arnold family is devastated after losing their loved one in a house fire. It happened just before 3:30 on Tuesday afternoon on the 2300 block of Starling Airport Road.
Even though firefighters rushed to the scene, by the time they found this elderly man, it was unfortunately too late; he had already succumbed to the heavy smoke.
Bommarito Automotive SkyFox flew over the scene as it unfolded. Firefighters worked to figure out what caused these flames to break out, while relatives consoled each other in the church parking lot across the street.
Rock Community Fire Protection District Spokesperson Ron Harder says paramedics had to administer breathing treatments to particularly devastated family members. A fire department chaplain was also on hand to help the family.
Firefighters believe the fire started in the bedroom, where the victim was found. He was the only person home at the time of the fire, but was with two dogs. Firefighters rescued and revived one of them; the other, a Chihuahua, is still missing.
Harder says, “The fire was put under control in about half an hour. Firefighters made a very good, aggressive attack on this fire, but they said they were met with very heavy smoke conditions. And as you know, smoke is very deadly.”
Firefighters aren’t yet sure whether the house is a total loss. Even though the roof is intact, there is extensive damage to the home's interior.