1. On Monday, February 5th, the New Melle Fire Dept. responded to a fire in an vacant farm house along Femme Osage Creek Road that was being used for storage. A large amount of items were stored inside, making it very difficult to extinguish.
Tankers from New Melle and Augusta, MO Community Volunteer Fire Department were needed to bring water to the scene, as the fire was in an area that does not have fire hydrants. The fire was reported by a passerby. The cause is undetermined. Photo courtesy of New Melle Fire Dept.
2. On Friday, Feb. 9th, New Melle Fire Firefighters were dispatched for a barn fire in the western part of the district. First arriving units found the barn to be fully involved with multiple round hay bales inside. The Department would like to thank St. Charles County Dispatch, Wentzville Fire Protection District, and St. Charles County Ambulance District for their assistance, as well as St. Charles County Missouri Scanner Traffic for keeping the public informed while the call was in progress as there was a lot of smoke traveling over a large area. The exact cause is unknown. The property owner had been working in the area with a skid steer. Photo courtesy of the Wildschuetz family.
3. On Saturday, Feb. 17th, an outbuilding burned to the ground on Oberhelmann Road. The building was vacant and is believed to have ignited from a trash pile that had been deliberately set on fire. (No photo.)