DOGWOOD -- A former school building-turned-residence was destroyed in a fire early today in Mississippi County.
East Prairie Fire Chief Kyle Hutcheson said the volunteer department received a call at 9:43 p.m. Tuesday of a fire at the residence located at 1011 South Highway B in the Dogwood community between Bertrand and East Prairie.
"No one was home (at the time of the fire). There were no injuries, and it was a total loss," Hutcheson said early today.
Constructed in 1938, the school building was transformed into a house in the mid-1980s, according to the fire chief.
"Due to the old timber the building was made of it, it was very difficult to extinguish the fire," Hutcheson said. "It was a monster, and the two-story structure was full engulfed at the back of the home on arrival."
Fire firefighters were on scene until about 3:30 a.m. today, the chief said.
The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time and remains under investigation by the fire department, Hutcheson said.
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