Family and pets flee Trenton house fire.

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Trenton Fire Chief Brandon Gabler reported a home and its contents as a total loss after a fire broke out Thursday night, Jan. 11.

He reports that firefighters responded to 1012 Laclede Street and found the entire south side of the house engulfed in flames. They deployed two one- and three-quarter-inch attack lines for internal fire attack.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire to confirm the home was unoccupied. After that, they did an overhaul to check the spread of the fire. Guebler notes extensive fire damage throughout the attic space.

Due to safety concerns, the home was deemed unsuitable for internal firefighting. Firefighters then took an exterior, defensive approach to prevent the fire from spreading to adjacent buildings.

Gabler reported that one adult, two children and three pets were in the home at the time of the fire but were able to escape safely. The Red Cross has been contacted to sponsor the family.

This property is owned by Houston Sprinkle.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

The Trenton Fire Department remained on scene for approximately four hours. Assistance was provided by Grundy County Rural Fire Protection District, Grundy County Emergency Medical Services, Trenton Police Department, Trenton Municipal Utilities, and Liberty Utilities.

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