NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. — About 6:15 a.m. Monday, December 5, a passerby spotted a structure fire just north of Elm Road on State Route E near Diamond alerting Newton County Central Dispatch.
Diamond Fire Dept, Newton County Ambulance and Newton County Sheriff’s Deputies responded. Mutual aid support from Neosho Fire Protection and East Newton/Granby Fire.
The structure appeared to be a former residence, now used for storage. Initially reported as fully-engulfed in fire and threatening a nearby residence and large barn.
On scene Diamond Fire Chief Gordon Skosberg tells us the structure was a storage building or barn. No one lived there. No firefighters were injured.
Chief Skosberg said he could see fire from two miles away easily.
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He said they are investigating the cause of the fire. Liberty Utilties had arrived to cut power to the structure which was a total loss.
Traffic was disrupted until about 7:30 a.m. along State Route E.
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