(Moody) – Firefighters from multiple departments fought what is being called a “massive” multi-acre fire in the Moody area in southern Howell County.
The fire started Thursday afternoon south on Route E. Howell County 911 received a call about a fire in a ditch at 4:23 PM.Firefighters from West Plains, Howell Rural, Moody, Bakersfield, Caulfield, Pottersville, and Lanton, along with departments from Arkansas were fighting the fire. Also on scene were officials with MoDOT, Howell-Oregon Electric, the Red Cross, the Howell County Sheriff’s Office, and South Howell County EMS.
A total of two barns and a well house were destroyed. Also, three pigs were killed in the 300-plus acre blaze.
One vehicle accident due to the amount of smoke in the area has been confirmed by the Highway Patrol. A two-car accident left six people injured, two of them seriously. Those two were taken by Air Evac to Mercy Hospital in Springfield.
Route E from the state line to the area near the fire was shut down. Crews cleared the scene at 2:04 AM Friday morning.
Witnesses in the area say that a vehicle that was dragging a tailgate that caused sparks which caught the field on fire.
The official cause of the fire is unknown.