Passerby spots structure fire near Diamond

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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