Fire destroys family’s home
LDR photos/Aaron Jennings
A Laclede County residence on Route AA was a complete loss Friday after a blaze spread from the kitchen to the ceiling in a short amount of time.
A Laclede County family’s newly acquired residence was a complete loss Friday morning after a blaze consumed the home in a matter of minutes.
At about 10:15 a.m. Friday local fire departments responded to a residence on Route AA after receiving a report of smoke coming from a home.
“We arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the eaves of the structure,” said Lebanon Rural Fire District Captain Rhonda Harwood. “As our mutual aids helped, we were able to progress into the structure and tear down the ceiling as the fire quickly spread through the home.”
As more departments arrived, the firefighters worked together to contain the blaze. Multiple units from Lebanon Rural, Lebanon, Tri-County, Mid-County, Conway, Eldridge, Sleeper-Stoutland, Bennett Spring, Long Lane and Nebo-Falcon responded to the scene.
“We really needed the help of the other departments. They all did a wonderful job responding so quickly. And we needed all the water we could get our hands on. Water supplies always seem to be an issue in rural settings. So, we had to wait for trucks to arrive with water from the city,” Harwood explained.
Although the cause of the blaze is unknown at this time, Harwood and the residence owner both said the house caught fire due to electrical issues involving a stove that caused a minor fire in the home a few hours earlier.
“It’s my guess the fire from last night had something to do with this one, but we don’t know at the moment,” Harwood said.
The owner said his stove caught fire at about 2:30 a.m. in the morning Friday. A representative from the Lebanon Rural Fire Department told the owner the electrical compartment behind the stove shorted out and caught fire. The stove blaze scorched part of the counter and three cabinets above it.