The Cape Girardeau Fire Department reports a 3-alarm fire rekindled early Wednesday morning.
The original fire began around 5 p.m. at a home on County Road 645.
East County Fire Protection District Fire Chief Dwayne Kirchoff said the biggest struggle fighting this fire was the heat.
Forty-two crew members from six different departments responded to a house along County Road 646.
Temperatures were so high, Chief Kirchoff said they had to work in shifts so that crew members could take water breaks and eat popsicles to prevent heat exhaustion.
No one was home at the time the fire started, except the home owners' dogs. Luckily, a neighbor heard them and got them out.
"Windows were popping out and things like that," said Doug Friese, neighbor and dog rescuer. "I know they had a bunch of dogs that came out of the basement, but I could hear one upstairs, so eventually I went around and took a concrete block and knocked the glass out and got the little dog out."
It's unclear what started the fire, but Chief Kirchoff said it's a total loss.
According to the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Office, County Road 645 was blocked from West Cape Rock to Cypress Drive. It has since been reopened.
Fire departments responding include Cape Girardeau, East County, Millersville, Gordonville, Delta and Fruitland. This is in addition to the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Office, and Cape Girardeau County private ambulance.