Rural and Monett Rural brought additional men and pumpers to the scene, and the Monett city department brought its ladder truck. Around 7:15 p.m. the roof collapsed. Hogenmiller said the firemen had time to place tarps over property on the first floor to protect it from the water. Firemen had to get all three city wells pumping at once to keep up with the blaze, which they fought all evening.
Firemen returned to the station at 2 a.m. on Saturday but had to return to the fire briefly after it rekindled.
"If it hadn't been for all the manpower from the other departments, we could have been in trouble," Hogenmiller said.