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Hickory County Fire Caused by Discarded Embers

WHEATLAND, MO. -- Wood ashes containing live embers apparently started a fire and strong winds fanned it in an overnight blaze that destroyed a home south of Wheatland.
WHEATLAND, MO. -- Wood ashes containing live embers apparently started a fire and strong winds fanned it in an overnight  blaze that destroyed a home south of Wheatland.

Herman Galli, chief of the Wheatland Volunteer Fire Department, said the single-family wood-frame home caught fire from sparks that blew from a burning tree.

It appears to have started when the homeowners dumped ashes from a woodburning heat source in an area near a hollow tree, he said. The tree caught fire and stiff winds blew sparks across the property and ignited dry grasses and the house.

Four area departments battled the blaze that consumed the home on Hickory County AA near Missouri 83, Galli said.

The family that lived in the home escaped unharmed. They are staying with family members in the area.

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