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10:00 a.m. Press Release from the Mount Vernon Fire Department:
On Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 7:35 p.m., the Mount Vernon Fire Department was dispatched to 3 Decatur Drive on a residential structure fire. Captain 491 was first on the scene and reported heavy fire showing. Mount Vernon Fire Department responded to the scene with a command vehicle, engine, ladder truck, and medic. Mutual aid was received from Fredericktown Fire, Fredericktown EMS, Monroe Township, and College Township.
MVFD initially started fighting the fire from the exterior of the home to knock down the fire and protect the nearby residence. A second crew made an interior attack but was driven back out of the home because of high heat and roof collapse concerns. The fire was extinguished by the use of outside water streams and the use of an elevated master stream from Ladder 491.
All residents evacuated from the home prior to the fire department arrival however, a dog did parish in the fire. There were no injuries to report from the firefighters. The Red Cross was called to the scene to assist residents with shelter.
The home suffered a complete loss. MVFD Investigator Terry Davis was called to the scene and is currently working to determine the cause and origin of the fire.
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9 p.m. Update: The occupants of the Decatur Drive home made it out safely, but it is believed a pet may have perished in the fire. The Knox County Chapter of the American Red Cross was called out and is assisting. An investigation into the fire is underway.
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Around 7:30 p.m. on February 9, 2020, a fire broke out at Decatur Drive home, in Mount Vernon. Crews from Mount Vernon, Fredericktown Community Fire District, College Township and Monroe Township responded.
This is a breaking news update. Follow the Mount Vernon News for further updates.