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UPDATE: Ashland house destroyed in fire

A home in Ashland is destroyed after a fire broke out at approximately 8:45 p.m. (Megan Sanchez/KRCG 13)

A home in Ashland is destroyed after a fire broke out at approximately 8:45 p.m.

Fifteen emergency units were dispatched shortly after to the 300 block of Amanda Drive in Ashland, according to dispatch reports.

The scene was still active at 11 p.m.

A fire chief with the Southern Boone Fire Protection District Roger Jaeger said that when personnel arrived at the scene the fire had already reached the attic and spread "real fast." Firefighters had to pull out the ceiling and insulation to contain the fire.

Jaeger said it took approximately three hours to extinguish.

A neighbor said the house fire began with a few flames and thinks the home is a total loss. Jaeger echoes this sentiment.

Though the official cause of the fire has yet to be determined, Jaeger said that judging from the evidence he believes it has something to do with the fire in the fireplace or the flue. He said there was a woman in the home but she got out safely and is currently being helped by the Red Cross.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

This story will be updated as more details become available.

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