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Press Release

August 9, 2017

The Jefferson City Fire Department & the Jefferson City Police Department would like to take this opportunity to educate residents on the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.  

Carbon Monoxide (CO)

Each year, at least 430 people die in the U. S. from accidental CO poisoning. Approximately 50,000 people visit the emergency department each year due to accidental CO poisoning. The following are steps you can take to help protect yourself and your household from CO poisoning. Change the batteries in your CO detector every six months. If you don’t have a battery-powered or battery back-up CO alarm, Jefferson City Fire and Police Department recommends you protect your family with a CO alarm.

CO is found in fumes produced by portable generators, stoves, lanterns, and gas ranges, or by burning charcoal and wood. CO from these sources can build up in enclosed or partially enclosed spaces. People and animals in these spaces can be poisoned and die as a result of breathing CO.

The most common symptoms of CO poisoning are headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion. People who are sleeping may not show symptoms of CO poisoning.

CO poisoning is something that everyone should take steps to be prepared for year round.

CO Poisoning Prevention Tips

  • Never leave the motor running in a vehicle parked in an enclosed or partially enclosed space, such as a garage.
  • Never run a generator, pressure washer, or any gasoline-powered engine inside a basement, garage, or other enclosed structure, even if the doors or windows are open, unless the equipment is professionally installed and vented. Keep vents and flues free of debris, especially if winds are high as flying debris can block ventilation lines.
  • Never run a motor vehicle, generator, pressure washer, or any gasoline-powered engine less than 20 feet from an open window, door, or vent where exhaust can vent into an enclosed area.
  • Never use a charcoal grill, hibachi, lantern, or portable camping stove inside a home, tent, or camper.
  • If CO poisoning is suspected, consult a health care professional right away

The Jefferson City Lowes Home Improvement Store has donated 54 CO Detectors to make sure that those with limited income can have the needed protection to prevent CO emergencies.   We want to re-emphasize that these detectors will first go to those that have a financial need. Upon request the Fire Department is willing review the request and priorities those request and then schedule a time to install a CO alarm.  Anyone that would like to request a CO Alarm can call 573-634-6401 between 1pm and 4pm starting on Wednesday August 9th, 2017.

The Fire Department is always willing to come to any home, within the city limits a provide prevention material and advice on fire safety including the best location for Smoke and CO alarms.

Anyone needing further information can contact Division Chief Jason Turner at 573-634-6407.



Open Burning Season

November 1, 2016 is the first day for open burning of yard waste for residents inside Jefferson City.  Burning season will close on March 1, 2017.  Residents may take yard waste to compost facility at 2417 Southridge Dr.  For more information on compost facility go to www.jeffersoncitymo.gov and visit the Yard Waste page.  Anyone needing further information on open burning may call the Jefferson City Fire Department at 573-634-6401.

Recent Fire Department  Events

February 10, 2017
At 4:04 PM, the Jefferson City Fire Department was dispatched to the 500 Block of Senate Ct. for the report of a structure fire. Responding units were advised callers could see flames from Castle Drive. The first units on scene reported a fire on the deck extending to the interior and to the siding of the building. After an aggressive fire attack the fire was brought under control limiting fire damage to the uppermost apartment. The resident was at home at the time of the fire and escaped without injury. A total of 17 personnel with 6 Fire apparatus were on the scene.  The origin of the fire was determined to be the attached deck. The damage to the structure and contents is estimated to be in excess of $75,000. The Jefferson City Fire Department would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone the importance of early notification of a fire by a properly working smoke detector and to always dispose of smoking materials in the appropriate container.

January 12, 2017
At 12:28 the Jefferson City Fire Department was dispatched to the report of a structure fire in the 200 Block of N. Ventura.  The first units on the scene reported smoke from a single apartment in an eighteen unit apartment building.  Fire crews found a fire controlled by sprinkler activation, the fire sprinkler system controlled the spread of fire and limited the fire damage to the kitchen area of the apartment.  A total of 5 apparatus from the Jefferson City Fire Department were on scene with 17 fire personnel with assistance received from the Jefferson City Police Department, Cole County Emergency Medical Services, and the Red Cross.  4 residents are displaced from 1 unit of the apartment building at the time of this release.  No injuries were reported.  It is estimated that damages to the structure were approximately $15,000.  For more information contact the Fire Departments Duty Chief office, 634-6405.

November 10, 2016

At 10:21 a.m. the Jefferson City Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire in the 900 block of High Street.  Upon arrival flames were showing from the 1st floor/eastside of a large two story apartment building.  The Building had been subdivided into 10 apartments many of which were occupied at the time of the fire.  Emergency personnel began a methodical evacuation immediately.  All of the occupants were evacuated and one companion animal was successfully rescued.  The apartment where the fire started sustained heavy fire losses and damage extended into adjoining rooms.   The cause of the fire is under investigation. Twelve occupants will be displaced and are receiving assistance from the Red Cross The Jefferson City Fire Department would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to make sure you have a working smoke detector and an escape plan in case of a Fire.  21 JCFD personnel were assisted by officers from the Jefferson City Police Department, 2 code officials, 3 personnel from Cole County EMS, Ameren UE, and The American Red Cross.  Any further media request should be made to Division Chief Jason Turner.  573-634-6407.

November 1, 2016
At 8:38 pm the Jefferson City Fire Department was dispatched to a report of an apartment fire a 126 Marshal Street.   The first arriving fire company reported heavy smoke showing from the second story of a two story apartment building. The building contained ten apartments.  Firefighters quickly determined that everyone was out of the building and then started suppression efforts on the fire in the apartment unit. There was extensive fire damage to one apartment and minor damage to the adjoining apartment.

There was one occupant in the apartment at the time of the fire.  The occupant was able to escape by climbing out of the window on the second story.  The occupant was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

Red Cross responded to the scene to assist with relocation assistance to a number of occupants in the apartment building. The occupants were displaced due to safety concerns of the building stemming from the fire.  Building officials will return tomorrow to determine if the building is safe and suitable for occupants to return.

Two engine companies, one Ladder Company, one squad and three chief officers responded to the scene. Cause of the fire was ruled a cooking incident.  The apartment did have a working smoke alarm in the apartment.

October 31, 2016
At 3:54 P.M. the Jefferson City Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at 600 Broadway St. The first arriving Engine Company arrived to find moderate smoke present on the first floor of a two story multi-family dwelling. Entry was made on an unoccupied first floor apartment where a small fire was located and extinguished in and around a bathroom trash can. Fire companies searched all levels of the structure finding one occupant in a second floor apartment who was assisted outside. All other apartments were evacuated prior to the first arriving Engine Company.

The fire was determined to be accidental in nature and working smoke detectors alerted occupants in the building. The Jefferson City Fire Department advises to use caution when disposing of smoldering materials.

Red Cross was notified to assist as needed with one displaced tenant of the burned apartment.  All other occupants were allowed back into their apartments.

Three Engine Companies, one Ladder Company, one Squad Company, three Chief Officers, and the Dept. Chaplain responded to the incident along with two JCPD units and one Cole County EMS unit.

October 14, 2016
The Jefferson City Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire in the 1500 block of Edmonds Street at 1249 PM on October 14, 2016.  The first fire company arrived and reported heavy smoke coming from roof and eves of the house.  Fire crews immediately entered the residence and performed an aggressive fire attack and extinguished the fire on the first floor and in the attic of the building.  The fire was under control within 15 minutes and firefighters remained on the scene for 2 hours to complete operations.  The home sustained fire damage to the living room and attic and there was smoke damage throughout the structure.

The occupants were not home at the time of the fire.  The fire was reported by a neighbor. The fire was determined to be accidental in nature, caused by careless disposal of smoking materials. October 9-15 is Fire Prevention Week; this year’s theme is “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years” The Jefferson City Fire Department would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the importance of properly discarding smoking materials and working smoke detectors. Due to the fire and smoke damage throughout the building the occupants were not able to remain in the home. The American Red Cross was contacted and assisted the family with temporary shelter and emergency provisions.

Any questions can be directed to Assistant Chief Jay Niemeyer (or the Assistant Chief on duty), Jefferson City Fire Department at 573-634-6405.

September 5, 2016 

At 2:47 PM the Jefferson City Fire Department was dispatched to the 1100 block of Madeline’s Place for the report of a structure fire. Occupants reported fire on deck. First arriving units reported flames and smoke showing from a one story
residence. After confirming all occupants were out of the home, personnel mounted an offensive attack on the fire which had extended into the residence. The fire was reported under control at 4:05 PM. There no injuries reported. The fire started on a rear elevated deck. After investigation, the origin of the fire was determined to be an unattended barbecue grill that had been used earlier in the day.  The Jefferson City Fire Department would like to take this opportunity to remind citizens to make sure all fire pits, barbecue pits and outside cooking appliances are used for their intended purpose and are extinguished after use. 


June 14, 2016
At 6:59 pm the Jefferson City Fire Department was dispatched to a report of smoke inside a structure in the 1000 block of Buena Vista.  Upon arrival personnel encountered light smoke on the exterior but as they made entry into the apartment encountered heavy, thick smoke and extremely hot conditions. The fire was quickly extinguished in the upper story apartment and appears to have originated around the laundry areas. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

JCFD personnel were assisted by two units from the Jefferson City Police Department and one ambulance from Cole Co. EMS. In all, three Engine Companies, one ladder company, one Squad, and two Chief Officers responded to this incident.

May 10, 2016
At 1:47 PM, the Jefferson City Fire Department was dispatched along with Cole County EMS for a subject with penetrating trauma on a fence.  Arriving units found a child impaled on the wrought iron fence.  The child was stabilized, rescue tools were used to cut the fence, leaving it in place for eventual removal at the hospital.  The girl was transported to the emergency room by Cole County EMS.  One Engine company, One Squad, and three Command Staff responded to the incident.

April 22, 2016
The Jefferson City Fire Department responded to the report of a structure fire at 711 Lee Drive, Dawson Hall, located on Lincoln University Campus.  Lincoln University Public Safety had received the report of a fire alarm, and found smoke in the basement of the building and on the tenth floor.  All residents were evacuated.  Jefferson City Fire Department units investigating found a malfunctioning motor for the heating and cooling system.  The smoke was removed from the building and residents were returned to their dorm rooms.  No damage or injuries were reported.

At 8:48 pm Jefferson City 911 Center received at 911 call reporting heavy smoke coming from the residence at 2505 Plymouth Rock Rd.  Upon arrival of the first fire company reported a single and a half story structure with heavy smoke showing from the residence.  Firefighters entered the residence conducting an interior search of the home determining that
no one was inside the home at the time, firefighters then concentrated on suppression efforts to extinguish the fire.  Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control within 45 minutes.  Fire had spread to the upper loft floor leaving heavy fire damage to the kitchen and loft area. No one was home at the time of the fire.  A family pet perished as a result of the fire. Cause of the fire was believed to have started in the kitchen area near a stove.  Firefighters remained on the scene until after
11:00 pm.  Additional fire companies responded to assist in the suppression operations.  3 engine companies, two ladder companies, one squad, two chiefs and EMS unit responded to the incident with a total of 18 fire department personnel on the scene

April 9, 2016
The Jefferson City Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire at 1321 Gordon Court at 0150 hours on April 9, 2016.  The first fire company arrived and reported a fire in the garage area of the house with smoke throughout the residence. Fire crews immediately entered the residence and performed an aggressive fire attack and extinguished a fire in the garage and the attic space.  The fire was under control within 15 minutes and firefighters remained on the scene for 2 hours to complete operations.  The home sustained fire damage to the garage and attic and there was smoke damage throughout the structure.

The occupants reported smelling smoke in the house and then hearing the smoke alarm sounding.  The resident found the wall in the garage on fire and both occupants exited the building prior to the fire department arriving.  Neither occupant was injured during the event. The fire was caused by a malfunction of a homemade wood burning heating device. The fire damaged the electrical connection to the house and the occupants were unable to remain in the structure. The American Red Cross was contacted and assisted the family with temporary housing. Any questions can be directed to Assistant Chief Jay Niemeyer (or the Assistant Chief on duty), Jefferson City Fire Department at 573-634-6405.
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March 26, 2016
2:18 AM.  The Jefferson City Fire Department was dispatched to 2307 Schott Road to assist Cole County Fire Department with a structure fire.  First arriving units found a mobile home 80% involved in fire, with all occupants evacuated from the structure.   The fire was extinguished by units from Cole County Fire Department with assistance from the Jefferson City Fire Department.  The cause and origin of the fire is under investigation.  The mobile home was a total loss. 

At 12:44 AM the Jefferson City Fire Department was dispatched to 602 E. Mccarty St. for a report of a structure fire in a four unit apartment building. First arriving units found smoke showing from an upstairs apartment.  All occupants were confirmed to be out of the structure. Firefighters were able to extinguish the upstairs kitchen fire limiting fire damage to the upstairs apartment. The other apartments had light smoke damage. One occupant was treated and released at Capital Region Medical Center for injuries sustained in the evacuation of the apartment building. The fire displaced 10 occupants. The Red Cross is providing assistance to the displaced residents. Damage is estimated at $25,000. The cause of the fire was determined to be a cooking fire originating on the stove.  Smoke detectors located in the structure alerted occupants to presence of the fire.  The Jefferson City Fire Department would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone the importance of working and properly maintained smoke detectors.

February 25, 2016
At 2:20 AM the Jefferson City Fire Department was dispatched to an apartment building at 307 W. Elm St for a report of a structure fire with one occupant trapped.  Crews arrived to find smoke showing from the second floor  a 3 story apartment building.  Crews rescued two occupants and extinguished the 2nd floor fire.  One victim was transported to a local medical facility for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, and one victim was treated by crews on the scene.  The apartment building sustained fire damage to the 2nd floor and smoke damage to the 2nd and 3rd floor.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.

February 4, 2016
 
At 8:15 am the Jefferson City Fire Department was dispatched to the report of a structure fire at 2116 A  Louis Circle.  Upon their arrival, within three minutes, the first fire company  reported a single-story brick apartment duplex with light smoke showing from the front door. All occupants escaped without injury, 1 adult and 4 children lived in the duplex.  The fire was attempted to be extinguished by the occupant before fire department arrived.  Firefighters found minor fire and smoldering material on and around the stove that required extinguishment.  The kitchen did subsequently suffer serious damage along with the dining area and moderate smoke damage throughout the rest of the apartment.
Two engines, one squad one, and one chief responded to the incident. The Red Cross was contacted to assist the residents of the unit with displacement and housing. The cause of the fire is ruled accidental as a result of a stove left unattended.   Fire companies remained on the scene for possibly an hour and a half conducting overhaul operations and investigations.

January 11th, 2016
At 4:59 PM, the Jefferson City Fire Department was dispatched to 1730 W. Main St.- the Federal Recycling Center. Initial reports indicated a possible structure fire inside the building which was confirmed to be a heavy equipment (front-end loader) on fire. The fire was extinguished by Fire Department personnel and contained to the front end-loader and combustible material in the area.  Firefighters remain on the scene ventilating smoke from inside this large commercial structure. A total of 14 firefighters, two Engine companies, one Ladder, one Squad company, and three Chief Officers responded. No injuries were reported.

December 26th, 2015
At 8:31 P.M. the Jefferson City Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire (lightning strike) at 3621 Gettysburg Place. The first arriving crew observed a light odor of smoke in the structure and signs of fire damage to the electrical system of the home.  Further investigation yielded signs of lightning damage to a tree in the front yard and subsequent damage to the yard sprinkler control system and the breaker box for the house.  A licensed electrician responded to the scene to verify safe conditions. Quick action by the residents and a thorough investigation minimized the damage to the home. Fire crews remain on the scene.

At 6:43 P.M. the Jefferson City Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at 505 Ellis Blvd., Apt. E24. The first arriving fire crew reported light smoke showing on arrival. The occupant had evacuated the Apartment. Fire was located in the kitchen cabinetry caused by unattended cooking and was quickly extinguished. Moderate fire damage was sustained in the kitchen area of the apartment with light smoke and heat damage present throughout the apartment.  Two Engine Companies, one Ladder Company, one Squad Company, a Chief Officer, one Medic Unit, and two Police Officers responded to the incident. Fire companies remained on scene until 7:30 P.M.

At 4:29 P.M. the Jefferson City Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at 1017 Dulle St. The first arriving fire crew from Station one reported moderate smoke showing on arrival. All occupants, one adult female and one child had evacuated the apartment. An interior fire attack brought the fire quickly under control. Fire damage was sustained in the kitchen area of the apartment where the fire had started due to unattended cooking. An attempt to extinguish the fire by the occupant was unsuccessful. Moderate smoke and heat damage was sustained throughout the single story apartment.  Two Engine Companies, two Ladder Companies, one Squad company, one Medic unit, a Chief Officer, and two police officers responded to the incident. Fire companies remained on scene until 6:01 P.M.

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October 1, 2015
At 2:42 p.m., the Jefferson City Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at 216 Argonne with multiple reports of children still inside the home.  The first arriving  fire crew from fire Station 1 reported fire  rolling out of the front door.  As fire personnel confirmed all occupants were accounted for, an aggressive fire attack quickly brought the incident under control.  Fire damage was significant on the first floor and extended to the second story.  There was smoke and heat damage throughout the home. A small child admitted to playing with a lighter and setting a mattress on fire.  We want to remind everyone:

  • Keep matches and lighters away from small children
  • Ensure you have working smoke detectors and can hear them throughout your home
  • Have an emergency escape plan for your family and practice it.

Two engine companies, one ladder company, one squad, one medic unit, two fire chief officers, the fire department Chaplain, three police officers and the America Red Cross responded to this incident. Firefighters remained on the scene until after 5 p.m. ventilating smoke from the building  and conducting salvage and overhaul operations.  There were no injuries.



Video: Children playing with fire cause hundreds of deaths and injuries each year.  NFPA's Lisa Braxton talks about how clear rules and consequences must be established for children about fire misuse.  Source: NFPA's "Children Playing with Fire" report by Richard Campbell, March 2014

September 15, 2015
The Jefferson City Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire at 1423 Boss Terrace Drive just before 1 a.m., Tuesday. The first fire company arrived and reported a fire on the first floor with heavy smoke coming from the front door. Fire crews immediately entered the residence and performed an aggressive fire attack and extinguished a fire in the kitchen. The fire was under control within 10 minutes. The home sustained heavy fire damage to the kitchen and there was smoke damage throughout the structure. The occupant reported that she was asleep on the second floor of the residence and woke to the sound of the smoke detectors alarming. The occupant was able to confirm that there was a fire on the first floor and she was able to safely exit with her 3 children. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Fire officials would like to remind all residents to have a working smoke detector on every floor of their home. It is also import to test smoke detectors regularly and change the batteries in smoke detectors twice a year. They said this fire is a great example that working smoke detectors do save lives.

September 7, 2015
Jefferson City Fire Dept responded to a report of a structure fire at 1112 Jackson St. at 8:36 a.m.  Several 911 calls reported that a house was on fire and possibly occupied.  The first fire company arrived reporting heavy fire and smoke showing from a one and a half story home.  Fire crews immediately entered the home to conduct a primary search for occupants and after an extensive search found no one.  Fire crew then focused on the extinguishing the fire.  The fire was under control within 25 minutes.  The home sustained heavy fire and smoke damage throughout the home.  

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Jefferson City Fire Dept, Jefferson City Police Dept, and the Missouri State Fire Marshals office.  A total of twenty seven firefighters with six fire companies, three chiefs, and two Cole County EMS units responded to this incident.  No injuries were reported as a result of the fire and fire crews remained on the scene into the afternoon conducting overhaul operations and the investigation to the cause of the fire.

August 30, 2015
At 1:41 a.m., the Jefferson City Fire Department was dispatched to 1207 East McCarty St. to a report of a residential structure fire.  The first fire company arrived on the scene at 1:45 and reported heavy smoke showing from a two story structure.  Firefighters made entry to the structure to do a primary search to confirm that no one was inside the structure and located no one inside the home.  Firefighters advanced hose lines inside the structure and had the fire contained within 30 minutes. The structure did sustain heavy damage throughout. As a result of the fire the building is considered a total loss.  Portions of the floor and walls collapsed contributing to the challenge of operating inside the structure.  A firefighter was transported by EMS to a local hospital with non life threatening injuries from a fall.  Fire crews remained on the scene until early morning sifting through the debris to extinguish hidden fire and determine the fire cause.  Jefferson City Fire, Police and the Missouri State Fire Marshal's office are investigating the cause of the fire.  The home appeared to unoccupied at the time of the fire but investigators are still interviewing witness's gathering information pertaining to the fire. 
A total of five fire companies with 30 fire department personnel responded to the scene.  Off duty fire department personnel responded to back fill empty fire stations until early morning to continue to provide emergency service to the city.

July 1, 2015
At 5:06 p.m., the Jefferson City Fire Department was dispatched to 3028 Stadium View Ct. for a report of smoke in a structure.  The home owner had returned home and observed thick smoke coming from the interior of the home.  The initial Fire Crew from Station 4 reported smoke rolling out of the garage and roof on their arrival.  An aggressive interior fire attack quickly brought the incident under control.  Fire damage was significant but contained to the interior of the home primarily in the kitchen and surrounding floor, ceiling, and cabinetry.  There was smoke and heat damage throughout the home.  Firefighters remained on the scene until after 8:00 p.m. ventilating smoke from the building using positive pressure fans and conducting salvage and overhaul operations.  Preliminary information points to a cause of electrical nature, possibly an appliance in the kitchen.  There were no injuries, however a family dog was removed from the structure and despite resuscitative efforts by Fire and EMS personnel perished from smoke inhalation.  Three engine companies, one ladder company, one squad, two chief fire officers, one medic unit, an animal control officer, and three police officers responded to this incident.

March 1, 2015
At 10:20 a.m., the Jefferson City Fire Department was dispatched to an apartment building on fire at 201 Cherry St.  First-arriving fire units reported heavy fire showing from the rear of the three story brick structure.  Firefighters confirmed with residents that all occupants of the apartment building were accounted for and escaped without injury.  Fire conditions forced firefighters to move to a defensive operation using aerial devices and master streams from the exterior of the structure. Fire personnel remained on the scene into the afternoon trying to extinguish hot spots inside the structure.  Nine residents living in the building are being assisted with temporary housing by the Red Cross.  Off-duty firefighters were called back to provide coverage for the city while fire personnel remained on the scene of the apartment fire.  Three engine companies, one squad, one ladder company, air unit, 4 command staff and one CCEMS unit responded to the incident.  Cause of the fire remains under investigation by JCFD.  The building next to the apartment building at 203 Cherry did suffer minor water damage to the building during fire suppression efforts.

At 10:05 p.m., the Jefferson City Fire Department was dispatched to a commercial structure fire at Coher Auto Sale, located at 1911 St. Louis Rd.  The first 911 calls reported heavy smoke showing from the center of the building.  The first fire companies arrived on the scene and reported heavy fire conditions in the building.  Firefighters entered the building after gaining access to extinguish the fire.  Fire conditions spread from the center of the garage area into the front of the building.  Suppression of the fire took firefighters about 40 minutes to bring the fire under control.  No one was in the building at the time of the fire.  A total of three engine companies, one squad company, one ladder company, three chief officers and one Medic unit were
dispatched to the two alarm fire with a total of 17 personnel remained on the scene until after 1:00 a.m.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Jefferson City Fire Department with assistance from the Jefferson City Police Department. Off duty fire personnel returned to man reserve apparatus to provide coverage to the city while fire crews remained on the scene. Cold weather conditions provided challenges to firefighters on the scene with ice build up on the ground and building.  No injuries were reported. With two major fires in the city within the past 12 hours, fire officials would like to remind people to check their smoke detectors and to have an escape plan in case a fire does occur in their home or business.