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BERKELEY, Mo. (KSDK) - A Berkeley mother who lost her house Saturday morning in a house fire believes firefighters could have saved her home.

Cynthia Day said firefighters first showed up to her house without water. She said she stood by an emergency responder as she watched flames engulf her home. She lives less than a mile away from a Berkeley fire station on Airport Road. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Day lives near another home that went up in flames. Charles Cross lived in a home with his seven children. He said the cause of the fire was electrical in nature. He did not have renters insurance. He lost everything his family owned in the fire. Cross believes his home could have been saved if the fire station on Airport Road was open that day.

The City of Berkeley says declining revenue and unexpected tornado recovery costs have strained its budget. As a result, over the past eight months the city closed one of its two fire stations to save money. Fire officials said the fire station on Airport Road is presently open.

Berkeley's fire chief says by the time they were called to Cross's house, they wouldn't have been able to save it, even if the nearest fire station was open. No one was injured in either fires.

NewsChannel 5 reached out to the Berkeley Fire Department to see if the fire station on Airport Road was understaffed and if it has affected response times. We were told that we may have to wait until tomorrow for a response.

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