20 homes threatened, dozens of acres scorched in brush fire

9:38 PM, Jul 25, 2012   |    comments
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By Mike Rush

Steelville, MO (KSDK) - How the fire in Steelville, Missouri started is still under investigation, but neighbors say they saw a spark come from a wire on a utility pole near their house. They think the insulation around the wire caught fire, fell to the ground, and started a larger fire on the dry grass.

Five hours into it, hot spots kept the hoses flowing.

Dry conditions and shifting winds first fed the fast moving flames about half past noon.

"It was up this way, went behind the house," said resident Olive Lane. "Just sort of kept going, traveling."

Gena Vorhees said, "It looked like a big whirlwind thing. She added, "I was like oh, my God , we gotta run.

Twenty homes were at risk. Sidney White's house actually started to burn before firefighters got it under control. Sidney, her son Jayden and Vorhees, who also lives there, escaped.

"And it scared the crap out of us and it just kept waiving, waiving. In a big waive across," said Vorhees.

"I'm just thankful that we've still got our place. Still are able to be alive," said White.

Fire officials estimate about 50 acres are charred.

Despite all the blackness, the bright spot in all of this, nobody was hurt.


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