An overnight house fire damaged a Sedalia home, but thankfully no one was injured.

Randy Kirby

The Sedalia Fire Department was called to 813 E. 24th at 2:05 a.m., according to Deputy Chief Greg Harrell. Neighbors on each side on the one-story structure called to report that flames were shooting through the roof about six feet into the air.

Sedalia Police blocked the roadway while firefighters spent about 45 minutes to an hour dousing the flames, which started in the attic, according to the state fire marshal. The cause of the fire is undetermined at this point, but appears to be electrical in nature.

No one was home at the time at the time of the blaze, Harrell said. The house is owned by Crystal Luke.

Harrell said that firefighters encountered one problem while battling the blaze. The fire hydrant closest to the burning house was not useable due to it being broken. Harrell theorized that it had probably been previously struck by a vehicle and not reported to authorities. So firefighers continued to douse the blaze with tank water while another hydrant was located and utilized at 24th and Killion.

Firefighters remained on scene until the fire marshal arrived around 5:30 a.m., Harrell noted.

The Sedalia Water Department was busy fixing the hydrant this morning at 24th and Marvin.

Randy Kirby