When Central County Fire & Rescue crews arrived on the scene of a house fire on Plum Leaf Circle in St. Peters at 11:55 p.m. Monday, they were relieved to find the family and their pets standing safely on the driveway as flames billowed from the rooftop.
Knowing that everyone was safely accounted for, the team began to attack the fire. When they entered, the home was filled with smoke, but the flames were hidden in the walls and attic.
Twenty-three firefighters from CCFR, the City of St. Charles Fire Department and the Cottleville Fire Protection District worked together to get the fire under control in approximately five minutes.
“This family did everything correctly. They had a home escape plan that was put into action, allowing them and their pets to get out unharmed,” CCFR Assistant Chief Steve Brown says.
The Central County Community Assistance program was also on the scene to provide the family with post-emergency essentials, such as clothing and a hotel room for the evening. Program volunteers also provided canteen service for the first responders.
The cause of the fire, which appears to have started on the exterior of the home, is under investigation. It’s estimated that the fire caused approximately $60,000 in damage.
The video below is compiled from CCFR helmet camera footage filmed on the scene.