Fire guts West End home

A car fire in the garage at 1323 W. High St. was burning through the roof of the home when firefighters arrived and gutted the building.

A car fire in the garage at 1323 W. High St. was burning through the roof of the home when firefighters arrived and gutted the building. Photo by Jeff Haldiman.

What was initially called in as a car fire Tuesday night turned into a major structure fire in Jefferson City.

According to Fire Department spokesman Jason Turner, the fire was reported just after 8 p.m. in the back of a residence at 1323 W. High St., near the intersection with West Main Street.

“There is a garage in the rear of the structure where the car was reported to be on fire,” he said. “By the time we got here, the flames were going through the roof of the building.”

The residence, built in 1929, had been converted into three apartments.

Turner said everyone was accounted for and no injuries were reported. He also said they did call back additional staff to man stations in the city and also called in crews from the Cole County Fire Protection District.

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The cause of Tuesday’s fire is under investigation.

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