Multiple fire departments contain 4-alarm blaze in Washington County

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by Mike Colombo / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on July 4, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 5 at 8:20 AM

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Mo (KMOV.com) -- A four-alarm fire in Washington County destroyed several trailers and came dangerously close to some other homes.

Fire fighters say the blaze started in a trailer that was just used for storage. They say the fire spread across the road here taking out a garage.

The vintage Mustang inside was ruined.

News 4 spoke with the residents who say me they’re just lucky this fire wasn’t worse.

“Once the barn caught on fire it was huge,” said property owner Donna Murphy.

Murphy has lived in the area for 16 years. The lot behind her home is now molten mounds of charred grass and smoldering steel.

It took several hours and nine different fire crews to control the four alarm blaze.

Authorities say the intense summer heat made the fire even harder to battle.

“[It was} about the worst conditions possible with the heat,” said Richwoods Fire Chief David Hoffman. “One truck at first with only 1,200 gallons and two people in it

Fire officials say the cause is still under investigation but don’t suspect foul play.

“Nobody was hurt, thank god. It didn’t go all the way to the neighbors. That’s all I can say, thank god for the fire department. They did a heck of a job on this holiday,” said Murphy.

Though firefighters say the blaze has been extinguished, they requested the Missouri Department of Conservation come in to set up a fire break.

They say should a hot spot pop up and the fire start to spread, the fire break would prevent it from spreading to any other structures.

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