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Vacant house catches fire in eastern Knox County

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A view of the smoke coming from the house following a fire Tuesday night. A view of the smoke coming from the house following a fire Tuesday night.
KNOX COUNTY, Mo. (WGEM) -

A vacant home in Newark, Missouri was destroyed by fire Tuesday night.

Firefighters were called to the home at 314 W. Fresh St. around 7 p.m. after a passerby saw flames coming from the house.

Heavy smoke was still coming from the home around 8 p.m.

Carol York with the Newark Fire Department said the home was destroyed, but the department and responding agencies were able to prevent the fire from spreading to other homes. York said the mutual aid agreement played a big role.

"For us it's vital." York said. "There is no fire service in rural areas without our mutual aid. We have two fire hydrants in town, and they can't support fire. They're in town, which is half a mile that way."

They haven't determined a cause yet.

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