Crews from seven different fire departments responded last night to help put out a multi-alarm blaze in Madison County.
Fire officials say they received multiple calls around 11:25 Sunday night for a house with flames shooting out of the roof on the 100 block of Caleast Road.
When the Madison County Fire Department and other volunteer fire departments responded to the scene and found the home fully engulfed and the roof had already partially collapsed. The fire was quickly upgraded to a 2nd alarm, and then a 3rd alarm was called a short time later.
According to fire officials the nearest hydrant was about 2 miles away at Kirksville Elementary School and tanker trucks had to ferry water to the scene.
Officials tell us a couple was inside the scene and they heard smoke detectors and were able to safely escape from the fire with their three dogs and one cat. Those smoke detectors are one of the main reasons the family is alive this morning.
The homeowner spoke with ABC 36 on-the-scene, but he was too shaken up to go on-camera. He says he and his wife were planning to move to Florida in a few months and give the home to their daughter.
Crews were still on the scene putting out hot spots Monday morning. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but fire officials say, they believe the fire might have started in the attic.