MOUNT VERNON — A fire broke out at approximately 7:30 p.m. Sunday, engulfing a single-family residence in the 10 block of Decatur Drive. The occupant was at home when he witnessed the fire and was able to evacuate. However, a pet dog perished in the fire. The resident suffered minor burns but did not require transport to the hospital, according to Mount Vernon Fire Chief Chad Christopher.
Eight separate 911 emergency calls reporting the fire were made between 7:30 to 7:35 p.m. The first call came from a neighbor who heard yelling and witnessed the house fully engulfed in flames. A second caller reported that while the resident of the house had made it out to safety, his dog was still inside at the time of the call.
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“The guy that lives there is at my house now,” said the caller. “But his dog is still inside.”
Mount Vernon, Fredericktown, College Township and Monroe Township fire departments responded to the emergency. Fredericktown EMS and Mount Vernon Police were also at the scene. The American Red Cross of Knox County was called in to assist the resident with shelter.
It took over two hours for the fire to be brought under control. Firefighters initially attacked the flames from the outside to prevent the fire from spreading to surrounding properties. A second crew attempted entry to extinguish the fire from the interior but was driven back by the high heat and roof collapse concerns.
The fire was eventually extinguished with outside water streams from the fire hydrants and the use of an elevated master stream from a firetruck.
The home suffered a complete loss. A truck in the garage, as well as the front end of another truck in the driveway, were also destroyed in the fire.
MVFD Fire Inspector Terry Davis is in the process of determining the cause of the fire, according to Christopher.
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