SIKESTON -- The Department of Public Safety received a report of the house fire at 1023 N. Kingshighway at approximately 1:50 p.m. Thursday.
Upon arriving, DPS personnel found the fire to be in the basement and spread to the attic. Fire crews entered the building and attempted to attack the fire, but had to be evacuated due to the dangerous conditions occurring inside the residence. Inadequate water supply in the area made fire fighting difficult.
The fire was declared under control approximately two hours later, and fire crews remain at the scene putting out spot fires and removing water from the basement of the structure, which is considered to be a total loss.
Other agencies that responded to assist DPS during Thursday's fire included Miner Volunteer Fire Department, Morehouse Volunteer Fire Department and South Scott County Ambulance District.
Public Safety Director Drew Juden also expressed his thanks to the citizens in the North Kingshighway neighborhood who brought food and beverages to the scene and offered their homes to the public safety officers.
"Their generosity is very much appreciated," Juden said.