Residents question response time of Metro East firefighters following house fires


by Chris Stanford / News 4

Posted on October 14, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 14 at 4:50 PM

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 (KMOV) -- Skyzoom 4 captured dramatic video of a house burning to the ground in Centreville Monday morning, but firefighters had yet to arrive.

The Camp Jackson volunteer fire crew was busy knocking down flames at a separate fire at 40th and Bond when the call for house fire near 6100 block of Church came in.

Firefighters then quickly packed up their gear and headed to the fire on Church says Assistant Camp Jackson Fire Chief Sharon Davis. 

Both houses were destroyed by the fire.

One neighbor watching the flames guessed it took about an hour for firefighter to arrive at the house on Church.

“From the time I saw the fire, I’d say it took an hour or more,” said Calvin McClure.

Davis said it did not take that long for her volunteer crew to arrive.

“The thing is, when it’s your stuff burning of your friends stuff burning, times stands still.  It seems like it takes a long time for us to get there, but we were there in a matter of minutes,” said Davis. 

Davis said the intensity of the fire on Church had nothing to do with their response, and everything to do with timing.

“I don’t think that fire was noticed for awhile. Had it been daytime, not a holiday, that fire would’ve been noticed sooner, and we would’ve been there sooner,” says Davis.

A fire marshal will begin Tuesday to investigate both fires.