WARRENSBURG — The Warrensburg Fire Department and the Johnson County Fire Protection District worked together to put out an early-morning fire Tuesday, June 11.

Warrensburg firefighters responded at 3:26 a.m. Tuesday to the report of a fire at 311 Broad St.

WFD Captain Ken Jennings said the structure was fully involved when trucks arrived on scene and a defensive attack was taken due to the progression of the fire.

Jennings said the fire was under control by 4:45 a.m.

“Four WFD apparatuses and mutual aid from two JCFPD stations supplied an engine from each,” Interim Fire Chief Doyle Oxley said.

For part of the fire, a portion of Maguire Street was closed as crews had to run a firehose across the street to a hydrant. Broad Street remained closed as crews continued to look for hot spots and put away hoses.

As a safety precaution, firefighters remained on the outside of the structure during and after the fire to prevent injury from falling clay roof tiles, Oxley said. Because no interior work was allowed, the hydraulic ladder was used to shoot water into the structure from above.

The Public Works Department was called in about 7:30 a.m. to assist with checking for hot spots on the roof. A mini excavator was used, rather than the normal tear-down methods, to prevent injury from falling clay roof tiles and wooden beams.

Public Works Director Marvin Coleman said Public Works is occasionally called in by the WFD to assist with overhaul after a fire is under control.

Overhaul efforts were completed at approximately 10:30 a.m.

The property was for sale at the time of the fire. The structure was unoccupied and no injuries were reported.

Building Official Brett Penrose said the structure is most likely a total loss.

Missouri State Fire Marshal Chad Hildebran and the Johnson County Fire Investigation Unit are investigating the cause of the fire.

Staff Writer Sara Lawson can be reached by emailing sara.lawson@dsjnow.com or by calling (660) 747-8123.​

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