UPDATED: Neighbors awake to smell of smoke from morning fire

Neighbors awake to smell of smoke from morning fire (Photo: Amber Draper/KTVO)

UPDATE: A rental home in Kirksville appears to be a total loss after an overnight fire.

The blaze on East Scott Street was discovered just before 3 a.m. Wednesday by an officer from the Truman State University Department of Public Safety.

Kirksville Fire Department Batallion Chief Marc Jefferson told KTVO the fire investigator from the Kirksville Police Department determined the fire likely originated with lint in the dryer vent.

Jefferson said the students had used the dryer throughout the day on Tuesday.

All three of them got out safely. No one was hurt.

Jefferson told KTVO flames were showing, and the smoke alarms were sounding when firefighters got there.

He said the students had not heard the alarms and were awakened by the Truman officer pounding on their door.


Neighbors say they woke up to the smell of smoke after a fire broke out on East Scott St. in Kirksville.

The fire was discovered by a Truman State University DPS officer patrolling the area just before 3 a.m. on Wednesday.

The officer noticed smoke coming from the roof of the home.

Everyone inside the house got out safely and no one was injured.

The back of the home received significant smoke and fire damage.

Fire crews initially struggled to find a water source, a fire hydrant, to put on the fire.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

The Kirksville Fire Department, Adair County Fire, Adair County Ambulance and the American Red Cross were present at the scene.

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