Officials are still on the scene of a Jefferson City house fire that broke out shortly before 1 a.m. Tuesday.
The house is in the 100-block of Adams Street near Capitol Avenue.
Jefferson City's Interim Fire Chief Jason Turner told KRCG 13 the home was vacant but inhabited by homeless people.
It is believed that all the people inside made it out safely but fire officials said that could change as their investigation continued into the daylight hours.
Turner said debris fell on the inside of the house made it difficult for firefighters to go room to room in the night hours.
He also said at one point they had to take a defensive stance to protect the firefighters since flames were shooting through the roof.
The fire is now under control but still smoldering.
The state fire marshal is on the scene and authorities said they will be there for several hours.
About ten fire trucks and 30-firefighters were on the scene of the fire Tuesday morning.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.