A pair of fires kept metro-east firefighters busy Monday morning.
Both fires were in residences.
The first was at 432 S. 40th St. in Alorton, a single-family frame house. No one was at home at the time.
Alorton Fire Chief Carlos Darough said a call came in at 5:57 a.m. The cause of the fire is undetermined.
“We’re waiting for the Fire Marshal to come out.”
Darough said no one was inside at the time. Flames were shooting through the roof and the dwelling was full of smoke. The building is believed to be a total loss.
The second blaze occurred just after 6 a.m. in the 6100 block of Church Avenue in Centreville. No one was home.
Fire Chief Chris Davis of the Camp Jackson Fire Department said when they arrived, the home, a large two-story house, was completely involved and had flames shooting through the roof. He said firefighters heard a lot of popping noises which they believed was ammunition inside igniting.
“We heard a bunch of ammunition going off and an explosion from a cutting torch in the basement,” Davis said.
An RV outside the house also caught on fire, Davis said.
“The fire was coming through every window and the roof,” he said. “It was very hot.”
There were no injuries. It took half an hour to get the fire under control.
According to the American Red Cross, eight adults were living in the house in Centreville. The agency was helping them find emergency food, clothes and lodging. The Red Cross also brought drinks and snacks for more than 50 firefighters who were working the scene.
Firefighters from the Alorton, Camp Jackson, Golden Gardens, Midway, Prairie DuPont, Villa Hills and Washington Park responded.
According to radio traffic, the reason so many departments were needed was because water was hard to come by so tanker trucks were needed. Firefighters also wanted extra manpower to search for potential victims.