Rural firefighters work through the night to contain fire

Firefighters from nearly every rural fire district within 30 miles of eastern Ray County helped fight a blaze that firefighters worked all night last Thursday to contain.
A man who lived at the residence was taken by ambulance to be treated for burns according to Hardin Assistant Fire Chief Colin Chang, although he did not know the extent of the man’s injuries.
Emergency personnel were dispatched to a rural house around 5 p.m. on AA Highway near Rockingham on Jan. 22. Dispatchers told personnel the respondent told 911 operators that the fire started in an upstairs bedroom. Water trucks from nearby Norborne, Hardin and other nearby towns took turns backing into the driveway of the property to supply water for the blaze.
Firefighters were able to contain the blaze, but the house burned completely to the ground. Norborne firefighters watched over the fire Friday morning to make sure no flames escaped.
No other details have been released about the exact cause of the fire.
Chang said firefighters thought the blaze had been contained to the upstairs early on. He said firefighters reported the blaze had been put out at about 5 a.m. Friday morning. Chang said by 5:30 a.m. the blaze had started up again.
Water trucks from several different agencies were called in to fight the blaze, including nearby Norborne, Stet and Hardin. Fire crews from as far away as Wood Heights and Braymer were called in to help.
Chang credited plans that had been worked out at recent meetings between fire agencies for the overwhelming response.
No exact figures could be determined about how much water was used Friday night, but Hardin Public Works Director Larry Eastley said the city’s water plant pumped out 150,000 gallons during the time period.
Photo: A charred refrigerator and a corner of the house was all that was left Friday morning of this rural Ray County house at 49080 AA Highway near Rockingham. (Photo by Dennis Sharkey/The Daily News)

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