On Sunday, February 14, at 8:54 p.m., Troy Fire Protection District was called to 971 Bauer road for a report of a garage fire. Upon arrival fire crews found fire coming out of the garage, into the attached house and out the top of the roof.
The first engine company on the scene attacked the fire with an engine mounted deck gun nozzle while deploying a hose line to take into the house to fight the fire. Once inside, firefighters worked to put out the flames but the fire in the attic had been burning long enough the roof started to collapse.
Fire crews were then kept out of the house for safety. Despite heroic efforts form all the Firefighters on the scene the extreme cold and windy conditions made battling the flames even more difficult.
The wind chill temperatures were recorded at -16 degrees. Eventually fire consumed the whole house and is considered a total loss.
The homeowner was home at the time of the fire, and he was able to escape with his 4 dogs. Unfortunately, his 2 cats did not survive the fire. The fire is under investigation with the help of the Illinois State Fire Marshall. No damage estimate is available. There were no injuries reported.
TFPD was assisted by Maryville and O’Fallon firefighters on the scene and Collinsville Firefighters stood by in the Troy Firehouse.
Madison County Emergency Management Agency set up a rehab area at the fire to provide some relief to firefighters form the weather. Crews remained on the scene until 12:30 am.