Firefighters Face Added Danger at House Fire

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DEARBORN, Mo. -- Firefighters faced a unique challenge at a house fire in Dearborn, Mo. The home proposed a different type of danger because there was a lot of ammunition inside.

A family of four lived in the home located in rural Faucett, Mo. Only one person was at home on Tuesday afternoon when the fire broke out near the garage.

"I came around and the fire was crawling up the side of the wall so I ran over to the other side of the house and called 9-1-1 from the living room," said 10-year-old Jessica Voelk.

About an hour after the fire started, the family watched as firefighters from several different agencies hosed down what was left of their home.
The homeowner told FOX 4 there was about 10,000 rounds of ammunition in the basement. He says he's an avid hunter.

"With ammunition, it just explodes, " said  Dearborn Area Fire Protection District Fire Chief Don James. "If it's just shot gun shell, its just going to throw projectiles with it as it explodes."

That's exactly what happened. Bullets flew and the popping noises persisted as firefighters put out hot spots at the home. The homeowner says he was just worried about his daughter's safety.

"We just cared about this little girl," said Jim Voelk. "She was here by herself and that's all I cared about. She's fine. She got out and we told her to stay out."

Red Cross is helping the family out along with family and friends. They're dog also made it out safely.

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