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Home, shed in Holliday, Mo., destroyed by fire Friday afternoon

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Mar. 18, 2017 4:20 pm

HOLLIDAY, Mo. -- A fire Friday afternoon destroyed a home and a shed in Holliday, but no one was injured.

The Madison Fire Department responded to the fire and received mutual aid from several other departments, including the Paris Rural Fire Protection District, the Eastern Randolph and the Cairo fire departments, according to a posting on the Paris department's Facebook page.

The Herald-Whig's news gathering partners at WGEM-TV quoted Madison Fire Chief Larry Jones as saying crews responded to the fire at 103 Main St. at 3:33 p.m. Friday. The roof of the home was already on fire when crews arrived, Jones said.

About 35 firefighters were on the scene at one point.

"Our biggest struggle was getting water," Jones told WGEM. "There wasn't enough water in town. We had to haul water from Madison."

The unidentified couple who lived in the home for the past 74 years made it out safely.

Jones said the fire started in a shed on the property and spread to the home. He said both structures were destroyed.

The cause of the fire was unknown. Jones said it was under investigation.

According to the Paris department's Facebook page, firefighters were on the scene for approximately five hours. Once the fire was deemed under control and extinguished, all units were cleared and placed back in service.

Other agencies assisting with the fire were the Monroe County Sheriff's Department, Monroe County Ambulance District, Randolph County Ambulance District, Ameren UE, Shelbina Gas Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Missouri Department of Transportation.

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