JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. – Tragedy struck overnight in High Ridge after an intense fire inside a mobile home left one person dead.
It all unfolded on Ruby Drive in the Country Squire Estates Mobile Home Park, a couple of miles off Highway 30. Investigators think the person killed in the fire is an adult.
Beyond that, we don’t have any additional details just yet about the victim.
Fire crews got the call just after 3:00 a.m. Neighbors reported the fire to authorities.
The fire quickly grew to two alarms, and crews from multiple departments rushed to the scene.
Chief John Barton, High Ridge Fire Protection District, told us neighbors tried to get inside the burning mobile home to rescue the victim, but they weren’t able to get to the person because of the fire.
Barton also shared that his fire crews were able to get inside and locate the victim in the back room. However, that person was already deceased.
“When our crews arrived at the scene, basically the back half of the mobile home was already engulfed in flames and there was smoke coming from all the windows. It was uncertain whether someone was inside or not. We had reason to believe for the time of day and the vehicle in the driveway that it could be a rescue, so they immediately began fire attack and trying to get inside the building to perform a search.”
Barton also spoke about how the cold weather impacted firefighters.
“It’s pretty cold outside. That poses challenges for our crews just because of the temperatures, and you know its effect on the water. We have a lot of ice standing on the roadway right now from the trucks leaking water a little bit. So we have to be careful about equipment freezing up.”
This is not the first fire that has killed someone in the Country Squire mobile home community in recent months. Back on Oct. 11, 3-year-old Kaiden Strubberg died in another mobile home fire on Diamond Drive.
Chief Barton explained that is less than a mile from where this latest tragedy happened. Kaiden’s mother and an older sibling survived.
Chief Barton told us, at this point, there are no immediate signs of foul play at this latest scene.
The Missouri State Fire Marshal has been called in to take over this case. That investigator was already at the scene Monday morning, trying to piece together exactly what took place in this deadly tragedy.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department is also involved in the investigation. No other injuries are being reported. FOX 2 will update this story with more information as it becomes available.