***UPDATE SATURDAY 8:13 P.M.***Six people, including four young children, ran out of a burning home before it collapsed Saturday. One man, the children’s grandfather, suffered minor burns, according to a neighbor who saw the family run out and came to their aid. “It’s cold out here and they didn’t have any shoes or shirt or socks on. So I picked up as many [children] as I could and ran them across the street to my house,” said Jason Saldana. Saldana said he took in four boys, the youngest being five years old, who was upset and crying when he carried him over to his house along with the children’s step(mother). The grandfather was transported to the hospital and later released the same day. Firefighters worked the scene for at least three hours, chipping away the exterior wall as large plumes of white smoke continue to roll out of the house. Moberly’s Fire Chief Robert Creed said when firefighters first arrived, a third of the house had already burned through and was starting to collapse. The roof and the floor caved into the basement and firefighters had to pull out, according to the Chief who said older homes like this one tend to burn a lot faster. The Red Cross and the Salvation Army is providing the family with assistance such as clothes and vouchers, according to Saldana, who said he was relieved everyone made it out of the house before it collapsed. ***ORIGINAL STORY*** Firefighters in Moberly were on the scene of a house fire in the 900 block of W. Reed St. early Saturday afternoon. Residents of the single family home were able to make it out but the house was destroyed.White smoke was still billowing about 1:15 this afternoon and crews were knocking down what little remained of the house. Firefighters had not reported a cause yet and it was unclear whether anyone was hurt in the fire.Stay with ABC 17 News and abc17news.com for more updates
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