WEST ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KSDK) -- A house fire in unincorporated St. Louis County sends a firefighter and the homeowner to the hospital.
Firefighters were called to the burning home in the 100 block of South Drive just before 9:00 a.m. Saturday. The house is located in Sherman which is classified as unincorporated St. Louis County.
When firefighters arrived they found thick smoke and flames coming from the structure. Initial reports were that a person was trapped in the residence, however, it was quickly determined that everyone was out of the structure.
After approximately 25 minutes the fire was extinguished.
"The biggest challenge faced by crews was that the location of the fire. That particular area is without a public water system and accessible fire hydrants" said Metro West Chief Vincent T. Loyal. He added "we had to implement a water tanker shuttle operation so it was necessary that Metro West receive additional assisted from nearby fire districts. The West County EMS & Fire Protection District, Monarch Fire Protection District, Eureka Fire Protection District, High Ridge Fire Protection District, Boles Fire Protection District and the Pacific Fire Protection District responded to ensure adequate water supply for suppression efforts".
The unidentified homeowner was transported to an area hospital for treatment of what were reported to be non life threatening injuries. In addition, one firefighter was later transported for minor injuries sustained during firefighting efforts.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by Metro West and St. Louis County Police officials, but investigators do say the fire appears suspicious in nature.
"This is a good time to remind everyone of the importance for homeowners to remember to change batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, to have furnaces and fireplaces professionally checked for safety and to remember not to place any objects on or near stoves" said Chief Vincent T. Loyal of the Metro West Fire Protection District.