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      Vacant Novinger rental property goes up in flames

      UPDATE: The house that burned in Novinger Thursday evening rekindled at approximately 2:30 a.m. Friday. Brad Ray with Novinger/Northern Fire Department said crews returned to the scene a second time and spent 30 to 45 minutes dousing the flames.

      Ray told KTVO on Friday that the state fire investigator who came to the scene Thursday night ruled the cause of the fire undetermined at this time, but still under investigation.


      Fire crews battled a blazing house fire in northeast Missouri Thursday evening.

      The blaze on Highway 149 in Novinger was discovered right around 6:30 p.m.

      The formal address is 311 Rombauer Avenue.

      Adair County Sheriff's Deputy Tracy Salsberry noticed the fire when he was driving by the vacant rental property and called 911.

      Salsberry told KTVO flames were shooting out the front living room window, and in a matter of minutes, the entire home was engulfed.

      The deputy says the most-recent tenant moved out approximately two weeks ago.

      Novinger Mayor Jeff Dodson said the home is reportedly owned by someone from St. Louis.

      The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

      Local fire crews were calling in an investigator from the Missouri State Fire Marshal's Office to look into what started it.

      Firefighters from Novinger/Northern and Eastern Fire Departments fought the flames.

      They had the fire under control in about an hour-and-a-half.

      At last check, no one was hurt during the incident.