Overnight fire displaces 3 Cape Girardeau residents

Overnight fire displaces 3 Cape Girardeau residents

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Three occupants of an apartment building on Themis Street in Cape Girardeau are temporarily without a home after a late night fire Wednesday.

The Cape Girardeau Fire Department was dispatched to a home in the 800 block of Themis Street just before 9 p.m. in response to call about smoke coming from the roof of the apartment building.

Witnesses told the firefighters that flames were visible from the attic.

When firefighters got on scene there was moderate smoke coming from the building.

A crew was able to reach the roof of the building to cut a hole in the roof of the structure in order to release the smoke.

As many as four engines responded to the fire. Firefighters from Jackson and Scott City were also dispatched to the city for mutual aid.

According to the fire department, the residents were able to get out safely.

However, the three people will not be able to get inside of their homes until repairs are made.

The Red Cross is helping the occupants with housing temporarily.

The building suffered extensive damage. The fire department estimates the cost of the losses added up to about $60,000 for the building and $15,000 for the contents inside.

No word yet on what caused the fire.

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