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Bellefontaine Neighbors residents forced to fight fire in own backyards

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One of the many backyards that were damaged by fire on Sunday. (Credit: KMOV) One of the many backyards that were damaged by fire on Sunday. (Credit: KMOV)
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On Sunday afternoon, residents in Bellefontaine Neighbors say they heard a loud pop.  When they came outside to see what it was, a fire had erupted and was spreading throughout several backyards. 

“All the neighbors came out.  Everybody had their hoses out.  We were all trying to get the fire out.  It was really just scary, scary, scary,” Barbara DeBerry said.

It turns out, a tree limb fell on power lines which hit a fence.  The flames took out yards of at least ten homes, leaving nothing but black grass in its wake.  The damage was mostly done to the yards, but the fire did come close to the houses themselves.  It’s unclear as of yet if there’s any structural damage to houses.

“Somebody called the fire department but it seemed like it was taking them forever.  It probably wasn’t that long but it seemed like it was hours.  They finally did come but by that time we had done a lot to keep our homes safe,” DeBerry said.

The question now turns to responsibility and who will pay for any damage done.  DeBerry says her insurance agent told her to call Ameren. 

News 4 called Ameren and was told victims will be asked to file a claim which will then turn into an investigation.  Based on a variety of factors, the residents could see some money.

“Somebody needs to take some responsibility for this because I didn’t start (the fire),” DeBerry said.

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