8 Fire departments tackle second alarm blaze

Union, Mo. – Friday afternoon, firefighters from eight departments battled a two-alarm blaze in the 4800 block of Highway V, approximately 6.5 miles southeast of Union.

Union Assistant Fire Chief, David Biser said, “We were dispatched around 2 p.m.  Our first crew arrived on the scene and reported a two story house with flames visible… due to the progression of the fire and weather conditions, I struck a second alarm.”

The fire apparently started some where in the garage area.  Fire crews' initial concern was protecting a neighboring house and preventing the fire from spreading to the other section of the house.

Tankers from fire departments across Franklin County lined up, hauling nearly 20,000 gallons water combined.

Every fire department in Franklin County, except Sullivan, responded to assist Union.  Biser said, “Because the fire was outside of town, along with the size, we needed water…which is why there were so many departments that came to assist…most departments assisted with tankers to shuttle water to the scene.  We flowed about 20,000 gallons of water.”

Biser said, “For the amount of fire we had after first pulling up, I am pretty happy with where we got the fire stopped at.  Our guys did a really good job of keeping the fire from spreading.”

The fire is currently under investigation to determine the exact cause.

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