While many people in Crocker were celebrating "Christmas on Main Street" Sunday evening, a fire broke out in an abandoned home less than a mile away.
Just two minutes before the celebration started, Crocker Fire Protection District was dispatched to a residential fire in the 100 block of Bells Creek Road.
Engines from both Crocker Fire Protection District Tri-County Fire Protection District Waynesville Fire Department initially responded to the incident and found a two-story abandoned structure with heavy fire in the rear.
Due to the amount of involvement and the poor condition of the home, crews on scene decided to begin defensive attack operations. Multiple lines were deployed and a supply line was laid from the nearest hydrant. Additional man power was requested from Waynesville Rural Fire Department, as well as a a engine for coverage from Dixon Fire Department.
Crews sprayed vigorously using an estimated 30,000 gallons of water within an hour to contain the blaze.
There were no injuries reported on scene.
After the fire was put out, crews then advanced into the structure, extinguishing the remaining hot spots in the home. Fire units remained ons scene for more than three hours.
More than 25 fire personnel assisted the scene, as well as personnel from Pulaski Medic 23, Crocker Police Department, the Missouri Fire Marshal's Office and Crocker Public Works.
According to Joshua Hall of the Crocker Fire Protection District, the cause of the fire is yet to be determined. The fire was considered suspicious and under investigation by the Missouri Fire Marshal's Office.