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Camper fire damages 2 homes in Cape Girardeau, MO

Updated: Aug. 7, 2018 at 9:18 AM CDT
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Officials believe the flames started in a camper near one home (Source:Brian Heisserer, KFVS)
Officials believe the flames started in a camper near one home (Source:Brian Heisserer, KFVS)

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - A fire broke out in Cape Girardeau, Missouri early on Tuesday, Aug. 7.

According to Asst. Chief Mark Hasheider with the fire department, the fire was on La Mesa and Monterey Streets.

A call came in just before 5 a.m. from a bicyclist riding by in the are who noticed the flames.

The cyclist told officials he knocked on the home's door to wake the residents inside.

Officials said the fire started in a camper outside of a home and spread to the attics of two houses. One of the homes' roof and the attic is a total loss.

A garage connected to one of the houses fell in and is a total loss according to officials.

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There were people in both houses at the time of the fires but everyone got out before officials arrived. Only one person had minor injuries from leaving a house, not from the flames.

Crews were able to keep the fire contained to that area of the homes for about 15 minutes. They remained on the scene for about one hour to put out hot spots.

The camper is a total loss according to Hasheider.

There is no word on what started the fire in the camper.

Jackson and Scott City Firefighters were assisted by off-duty Cape Girardeau fire officials personnel to fill the fire stations and cover the city.

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