Fire damages mobile home in Waterloo

Pictured, Waterloo Fire Chief Aaron Shive approaches a burning mobile home on Morrison Avenue. (James “Tal” Moss photo)

Waterloo Fire Department volunteers responded at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday for a report of a fire at 601 Morrison Avenue with all occupants out of the residence.

Upon arrival, responders found flames showing from the front of a mobile home and a shed fully engulfed. The shed was a total loss, according to Waterloo Fire Chief Aaron Shive, and the trailer sustained heavy damage to one exterior wall.

In addition to the Waterloo Fire Department, Waterloo Police Department and Monroe County EMS also responded, along with city of Waterloo utilities.

An occupant of the mobile home, who works at the nearby Casa Romero Mexican restaurant, was on the porch when the fire broke out, Shive said. He saw the shed on fire and attempted to extinguish it with a bucket of water, but the flames were too immense at that point so he backed away. No injuries were reported in the incident.

A cause of the fire is not known at this time, but Shive believes a power washer or lawnmower inside the shed was where it originated.

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Andrea F.D. Saathoff

Andrea is a graduate of Gibault High School and the University of Missouri School of Journalism, the University of Missouri Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville College of Education. She lives in Columbia with her husband and their twin toddler sons. When she isn't cheering on St. Louis Cardinals baseball or riding the emotional roller coaster of Mizzou Tigers football, she enjoys attending and participating in the many family events the county has to offer. email:
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