House fire presents challenges inside and out for crews in Republic

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REPUBLIC, Mo. (KSPR) - Republic fire fighters took on not just the flames of a house fire, but enormous obstacles in and around the house.

Along Allen Avenue the quiet street was closed much of the afternoon while crews battled a fire in a house.

The damage was clearly visible and the smell of smoke lingered for hours. The two homeowners and their four dogs all made it out safely.

Firefighters say the fire apparently started on the back deck of the house around noon. It moved towards the attic and roof.

Seven area fire departments were called to assist.

One fireman was overcome with heat, but was treated and is doing okay.

Republic Fire Chief Duane Compton said crews had more than the fire to battle. He said due to a large amount of personal contents inside the house, crews could get the front door open a few feet.
They had trouble outside the house, too.

"The backyard is very overgrown, as a matter fact we had to take a saw and saw away some bamboo to get into the backyard. Then once we got back there we also discovered we have a live electrical wire that fed the house from the electric pole on the ground that was energized so that was another hazard crews had to work around."

The two homeowners tell KSPR News they’re shaken up, but just glad they made it out okay.

The homeowners say they're going to start to go through what’s left of their house to pick up the pieces. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Chief Compton tells us that cause could be released tomorrow.