At 3:45 AM on Tuesday, May 21st, New Melle Fire was dispatched to a house fire on Jacob Lane. The first arriving unit found a large amount of fire in the back of the home that was rapidly spreading through the house and out the front. The occupants were awakened by their smoke detectors and escaped the fire. Crews attacked the fire with multiple hose lines and eventually extinguished it. Damage to the home was extensive. Crews from Lake St. Louis and Wentzville assisted New Melle units.