Arnold Fire Leaves Family Homeless

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An Arnold, MO family is homeless Monday morning after an overnight fire. One person was injured, but firefighters are breathing a sigh of relief over a situation they say could have been much worse.

About 10:30 pm Sunday night, firefighters rushed to the scene on Pomme Meadow Drive. Flames were shooting out the top of this house.

Hours after the flames were extinguished the shock for neighbors had not worn off.  One woman said, "Oh my gosh it happened so quickly, there was a boom."  People say two of the homeowners were stuck on the roof until a neighbor brought a ladder to rescue them, seconds later the entire structure was all flames.

Ron Harder with Rock Community Fire Protection said, 'Fires of this nature when they have this much heavy fire volume upon arrival we have to work about the exposures to these houses to the right and to the left of this.'

The intense heat melted the siding on those two next door homes.  For a few minutes Marsha Cale feared her house would also burn, 'It was kind of touch and go for a minute.'

Neighbors like Renee Hebenstreit rushed to help the fire victims.  She said, 'They need everything, they`ve lost everything in their fire including their business they need everything.'

Three people were inside as the fire was raging.  Fortunately they all got out.  One person suffered what firefighters describe as minor burns.  That person was treated at the scene. Seven people lived in the house. They are being assisted by the Red Cross.

The biggest worry, we're told, was the other houses in the area.  They're fairly close together, and the immediate concern was keeping the fire from spreading to more homes.

The state and fire experts from across Jefferson County are helping with the investigation.  It could be tough to determine the cause because the fire was so intense.

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