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House burns on Missouri Valley Road; no injuries

Dec 5, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

No one was injured Tuesday in a fire that destroyed a residential home north of Riverton.

The incident was reported at about 11:40 p.m. Tuesday from the 100 block of Missouri Valley Road. Firefighters said the main floor of the two-story, wood-framed house was engulfed in flames when they arrived at the scene.

"There were flames showing out of the roof and window," Missouri Valley Fire Department chief Kelly Gardner said. "We did an exterior attack, (and protected) the surrounding hay stacks."

He said weather conditions hindered his crew's progress. More than 15 firefighters fought the blaze for almost two hours, and they stayed on the property until about 4 a.m. Wednesday.

"The wind was a big thing," Gardner said. "We couldn't get in to see (the fire), and the smoke was terrible. Then it was like 0 degrees at 2 a.m. ... It was a little chilly."

Two people were home when the fire began, and Gardner said they took shelter with a neighbor.

"They woke up smelling smoke (and) got out," he said. "Everybody's fine, other than a little cold."

The cause of the blaze is under investigation, but Gardner said it could have been started in the home's wood stove.

He warned residents to make sure their heating equipment is functioning properly.

"Pay attention to your wood stoves and fireplaces," he said. "Make sure everything's in good working order, especially with these cold nights."

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