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Overnight fire destroys Cape Girardeau Co. home, cause unknown

(Source: Jen Baird, KFVS) (Source: Jen Baird, KFVS)
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The family was able to get out safely and a firefighter was able to rescue the dog from the home. The family was able to get out safely and a firefighter was able to rescue the dog from the home.
CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - The cause of an early morning house fire in Cape Girardeau County is undetermined according to a fire marshal investigation.

Dwayne Kirchhoff, East County Fire Protection chief, said the fire marshal wrapped up the investigation mid-morning without finding a cause.

The blaze left the home a total loss. For homeowner Michael Mathes, this is not the first time he has lost his home to a fire. A July 2013 fire destroyed his previous house.

"I don't know what to do, I just paid the carpenter's last check last Friday," Mathes said. "We've been at this since July 11... it's devastating. You want to give up but you can't give up. You got to start over again."

East County called for mutual assistance from the Cape Girardeau Fire Department and the Fruitland Fire Department once they arrived. Crews were able to pump water from a nearby pond to help extinguish the flames.

A CGFD firefighter is credited with entering the burning home and saving the family's pet beagle.

According to the East Cape Girardeau County Fire Chief Dwayne Kirchhoff, two adults, a child and a dog were inside the home on Whitetail Lane off Highway 177 when someone smelled something burning and realized there was a fire in the garage.

The family was able to get out safely and a firefighter was able to rescue the dog from the home.

Kirchhoff said the fire started in the garage and then spread to the home. 

The original 911 call, made from a cell phone around 3:30 a.m., went to Union County Dispatch and had to be rerouted to Cape Girardeau County, according to the fire chief. That delayed response from East County Fire Protection District fire crews.

"With cell phones and towers, we're kind of at the mercy of which way that signal goes," Kirchhoff said. "If they didn't notice it when they did, it could have been the difference between life and death."

According to Kirchoff this is a fairly common problem in that area as it is so close to the Illinois state line.

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