Cause of Readsville home fire unknown

A South Callaway firefighter tears off the siding of a Readsville home after it was destroyed in a fire Tuesday afternoon. No one was injured in the fire.

A South Callaway firefighter tears off the siding of a Readsville home after it was destroyed in a fire Tuesday afternoon. No one was injured in the fire. Photo by Brittany Ruess.

READSVILLE — Lt. Rebecca Stone with the North Callaway Fire Protection District said Tuesday evening firefighters were still seeking clues as to how a home fire started earlier that day.

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A Readsville home off of State Route D suffered fire and water damage Tuesday after a fire, which is suspected to have started in the attic after a passerby noticed flames.

Stone said someone driving by the residence on State Route D noticed the fire and called emergency personnel at 1:24 p.m. The person stated the fire appeared to have been in the attic.

North Callaway and South Callaway fire protection districts responded to the call with nine trucks and about 16 responders, Stone said. When she arrived on scene, Stone said, the attic was fully engulfed in flames.

Firefighters entered the home through a back door and went upstairs to extinguish the fire. About an hour and a half later, firefighters contained the blaze. The fire was completely out about 30 minutes after it was contained, Stone said.

The fire eventually spread throughout the home, sparing the living room and an upstairs bedroom, but the entire home suffered water damage.

The older male homeowner and his dog were not injured in the fire. He is staying with neighbors until family from St. Charles can take care of him.

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