ELDRIDGE, Missouri- Lebanon Rural Fire Chief Phillip Pitts says around 11:30 am Sunday, Eldridge Fire was dispatched to a smoke investigation on the 20000 Block of Lancaster Rd. east of Goodwin Hollow. Crews on the way to the incident were advised that lightning had struck a residence and the home was filling with smoke.

First arriving crews found a single story home that had heavy fire coming from one of windows, Pitts explained. Eldridge and Lebanon Rural crews began pumping water on the fire immediately upon arrival.  Fire command called dispatch and ordered a second alarm which brought more units to the scene. Pitts says water supply was by far the biggest challenge of the entire response. “Crews had to find a pond close to the scene to set up a fill point for trucks because other close water fill points for fire trucks to hookup to were around a 10 to 14 mile round trip,” the Chief said.

Due to the extent of damage to the home it is being considered a total loss. Firefighters however were able to save many other structures surrounding the home. Crews remained on scene about 4 hours fighting the fire, and there were no injuries to firefighters or the property owner, Pitts said.

The Eldridge Fire Department was assisted by Lebanon Rural Fire, Sleeper/Stoutland Fire, Lebanon City Fire, Bennett Spring Fire, Tri-County Fire, and Mid County Fire. Mercy EMS sent a standby ambulance for fire crews as well.

The Lebanon Office of the American Red Cross was contacted for assistance to the home owner, and beverages and snacks to refresh the fire service personnel working the blaze.