PALMYRA, Mo. (WGEM) -- Fire destroyed an old caboose that had been converted into a camp house along the Mississippi River.
Firefighters from Hannibal and Palmyra battled the blaze just off Highway B east of Palmyra late Friday afternoon.
By the time crews arrived just after 5:30, the home was already engulfed in flames.
The owner had been using a 100 year old wooden train caboose on stilts as a summer vacation camp and was cleaning up around the area when the fire started.
John Lewis with the Palmyra fire department says, "the homeowner was getting ready for the summer camping season, and they were burning off some brush off to my right and he said a gust of wind came up and blew a spark."
The camp house is a total loss.
Firefighters say there was nothing inside the home at the time and no one got hurt.
[TrainLife Ed. - The caboose destroyed was retired BN No. 11153, previously CB&Q waycar No. 13907 built in December 1915 at the Q's Aurora, IL shops. The waycar survived the BN merger and received a coat of Cascade Green and was assigned BN No. 11153. It was retired in the late seventies and in August of 1980, it was moved to a camp site on the Mississippi River near Palmyra, Missouri. It survived the 500 year flood of 1993 and the 500 year flood of 2008. All was well and good until this past Friday night. John Lewis, the firefighter interviewed is a railfan and a member of the Burlington Route Historical Society.]