JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A devastating fire that took place on Thursday has resulted in a “total loss” for a Missouri roofing contractor.
Around 4:30 p.m., the Jefferson City Fire Department responded to a large structure fire occurring at C W Harrison Company, a roofing and guttering business. The News Tribune reports that heavy fire and smoke was coming from the front end of the structure that could be seen for several blocks in the downtown area.
“The first firefighters on the scene attempted to attack the fire through the front of the building, but the fire was overwhelming so they went to a defensive attack,” said Jefferson City Fire Department Spokesman Jason Turner.
No one was injured in the fire, but it took more than 30 firefighters around one-and-a-half hours to battle the blaze. As of 10 p.m. Thursday, fire crews were still on the scene to ensure hot spots were extinguished. The scene was cleared by 4 a.m.
"It looks like this will be a total loss, and it will take time to find a point of origin with the amount of damage that we have here," Turner said.
The Missouri State Fire Marshal’s Office will assist with the investigation to determine the cause of the fire.