'Suspicious' blaze burns down northeast Missouri house

Firefighters battle a blaze near Newark, Mo., Tuesday night (Echo Menges/The Edina Sentinel)

A suspicious fire ravaged a northeast Missouri house Tuesday evening.

According to The Edina Sentinel, first responders arrived just after 7 p.m. to an unoccupied house on the south side of Highway 156 near Newark, Mo. Fire departments from La Belle, Lewistown, Shelby County and Knox City were quickly called in to assist.

“Without our mutual aid, we can’t fight a fire like this,” Newark Rural Volunteer Fire Department Public Information Officer Carol York told the Sentinel. “Our first goal, when we got on scene, was to protect surrounding structures.”

One nearby home, which was occupied, sustained some melting damage to the siding.

Firefighters successfully contained the blaze and cooled down a propane tank near the burning house. A broken power line that was popping and arcing while firefighters worked added yet another degree of dangerous difficulty.

Knox County Sheriff Robert Becker told the Sentinel that there was power going to the house, but not inside the house.

“I’m going to have the Fire Marshal come out and take a look,” Becker said. “It’s suspicious.”

The house is reportedly owned by Ronald Vlasz. Becker said Vlasz does not live in the area.

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