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A home at 204 Walnut St. in Moorland was severely damaged in an early morning fire on Monday morning. According to firefighter Chris Hoover, with the Moorland Fire Department, the home’s gas meter exploded at about 1 a.m. on Monday, setting fire to the rest of the house.

MOORLAND — A two-story home in Moorland was destroyed early Monday morning after a natural gas meter on the side of the house appears to have exploded.

According to Moorland Fire Department firefighter Chris Hoover, there was an explosion at the gas meter on the side of the house at about 1 a.m. on Monday. He said the fire quickly “fully engulfed” the front of the house at 204 Walnut St.

The occupant of the house was able to safely get out without injury, Hoover said.

Both the Moorland and Callender fire departments responded to the fire. No emergency personnel were injured.

Hoover said it took about three-and-a-half hours for the gas line to be turned off by MidAmerican Energy.

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Chris Hoover, a firefighter with the Moorland Fire Department hands up a ladder to a colleague working on extinguishing some remaining hotspots in a home in Moorland that burned in a fire early Monday morning.

At about 4:12 p.m. on Tuesday, the two fire departments were paged out to the house again as the fire inspector at the scene saw a hot spot that began to rekindle. Firefighters continuedto spray water on the remaining hot spots until they were fully extinguished.

“We had to tear down the ceiling and we saw in the rafters there where it’s been smoldering,” Hoover said.

Hoover said the departments would use thermal imaging to ensure no more hot spots remain.

The exact cause of the fire remains under investigation. The house was a total loss.

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Firefighters from the Callender Fire Department survey damage to a home in Moorland that caught fire early Monday morning. On Tuesday afternoon the Callender and Moorland fire departments were called back to the home because some smoldering ceiling beams began to rekindle.

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