Marion County firefighters battled a blaze early Sunday morning that destroyed a home in Fort McCoy.
Crews from Marion County Fire Rescue arrived at the residence in the 15000 block of N.E. 233rd Place at 12:32 a.m. after a 911 caller reported that smoke was coming from the structure.
Fort McCoy Engine Company #7 arrived on scene and firefighters went into an offensive mode and made entry into the structure. Shortly after pushing into the residence with an attack line, firefighters transitioned to a defensive attack. Multiple crews from Stations 7, 15, 9, 2 and 1 arrived to help extinguish the fire, a Marion County Fire Rescue report states.
As the flames increased, evacuation tones were activated and firefighters quickly exited the burning structure. After knocking down the fire, crews transitioned back into an offensive attack. Primary and secondary searches were completed, it was determined that the structure wasn’t occupied and the fire was called under control a short time later, the report says.
The construction of the original roof and metal roof over made it difficult for firefighters to reach the seat of the fire. The cause and origin of the blaze remains under investigation by Marion County Fire Rescue Fire Marshal’s office.