Firemen battle 2 suspicious fires Wednesday in Monett

Friday, November 25, 2016
Monett firefighters battled a suspicious house fire at 607 Fifth St., called in at 8:41 a.m. on Wednesday. According to neighbors, the house had been unoccupied for more than a year. Firefighters used a ladder truck, as well as attacking the blaze from several sides. Fire Chief Tom Jones asked the fire marshal's office, already in town for another suspicious fire that morning, to investigate. Murray Bishoff/times-news@monett-times.com

Monett firefighters battled a suspicious house fire at 607 Fifth St., called in at 8:41 a.m. on Wednesday.

The first suspicious fire on Wednesday took place in the garage behind 509 Eighth St. in Monett, called in at 5:56 a.m. According to the owner, the garage held no vehicle and primarily was used to store memorabilia from the Afghan war and contents belonging to the owner's father. The fire appeared to start next to the alley. Fire marshal investigators, at right, probed through the debris for clues. Murray Bishoff/times-news@monett-times.com
Monett city firefighters cut holes in the roof at 607 Fifth St. to access the source of flames that broke through the roof around 9 a.m. on Wednesday. Firemen are seen crawling inside to douse hot spots. Steve Roden, water department foreman, turned on an additional nearby well to provide extra pressure for the firefighters' water supply. The house, close to a century old, was likely a complete loss due to smoke and water damage, said a bystanding police officer. Murray Bishoff/times-news@monett-times.com
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