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House considered a ‘total loss’ after Cooper County fire

A house just outside of Boonville could be considered a total loss after a fire broke out Wednesday evening.

The Boonville Police Department and the Cooper County Fire Protection District responded to the fire near Jackson Road and Hickory Grove Wednesday night.

Neighbors initially reported the fire since no one was home at the time the fire broke out, said Cooper County Fire Protection District Chief Dave Gehm.

Officials believe the fire either started on the back porch or the kitchen of the home. When responders arrived, the fire had spread to the attic, and the roof of the home was fully involved in flames.

Strong winds hindered firefighters’ ability to fight the fire, and responders initially could not find a fire hydrant in the neighborhood, Gehm said. Eventually, they were able to find a hydrant in a nearby neighborhood.

A viewer sent ABC 17 News photos of the fire, which show a home fully engulfed in flames.

An adjuster was going to the home on Thursday to determine the total damage to the home.

The cause of the fire was still being investigated.

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