Fire destroys home near Purdy

Thursday, February 26, 2009

A mobile home on Farm Road 2085 south of Purdy was destroyed by fire on Feb. 20. The home owner, Serbando Rodriguez, was not at home when the fire occurred.

"We had one firefighter on scene when the initial calls to 911 were placed," said Mike Redshaw, Purdy Fire Protection District fire chief. "He happened upon the fire while traveling to a friend's house nearby.

"By the time he investigated the smoke coming from the residence, the fire had progressed to the point that it blew out the glass of the sliding door at the rear of the home," said Redshaw.

The fire was initially reported at 8:38 p.m. Firefighters were dispatched at 8:43 p.m. and arrived on scene at 8:54 p.m.

"Upon arrival, we found a single-story, double-wide mobile home fully engulfed," said Redshaw. "Fire had already breached the majority of the roof, as well as the exterior walls.

"Additional mutual aid was requested," said Redshaw. "Approximately 15,000 gallons of water was used to extinguish the fire."

A dozen Purdy Fire District firefighters responded to the scene with four firefighting vehicles. The Monett Fire Department, the Butterfield Fire Protection District and the Monett Rural Fire Department also offered assistance. Firefighters extinguished the blaze by 11:54 p.m.

"While the exact cause is under investigation, it appears that it may have been electrical in nature and appears to be accidental," said Redshaw.

The Red Cross responded to the scene to provide assistance to Rodriguez, who lost all belongings in the fire.

On Saturday, a home on Farm Road 1090 near Purdy sustained minor damages during another blaze. Firefighters responded to a fire at a home that is owned by Tom and Melinda Mareth and occupied by Ben Morgan.

"Upon arrival, fire was found to be under the structure, as well as within one of the exterior walls," said Redshaw. "Portions of the wall, floor and the sill plate had to be cut away to access the fire."

The Purdy Fire District dispatched 10 firefighters and four vehicles to the scene. They were assisted by the Monett Fire Department and the Monett Rural Fire Department.

"Minimal damage occurred, and the residents were able to re-enter the home after firefighters cleared the scene," said Redshaw. "At the most, 100 gallons of water were used to extinguish the fire, very little of which was required inside the structure."

Firefighters were dispatched to the scene at 4:29 p.m., and the fire was controlled by 5:21 p.m.

"The cause of the fire appeared to be an ember from disposed ashes from the fireplace that blew against the structure," said Redshaw. "The ember caused the exposed wood sill plate to smolder to the point it caught fire, spreading underneath the home and into the exterior wall. We were able to locate and contain the fire quickly, preventing it from spreading further in the voids and resulting in more damage."

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