Recent fires impact residents

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Two families have been left homeless due to recent fires.

Members of the Jenkins Fire Protection District (JFPD)responded to a call at 5:50 a.m. on Tuesday, to find the home at Highways 248 and C fully engulfed.

Firefighters attacked the blaze, with assistance from the Cassville Fire Protection District (CFPD), and were able to contain the fire to the home.

"It was a total loss," said Jenkins Fire Chief James Vincent. "No one was at home at the time of the fire, and no one was injured."

JFPD responded with two engines and three tankers, as well as operational personnel. CFPD responded with one tanker and one engine, as well as firefighters.

Barry-Lawrence Ambulance District was on stand-by until the blaze was extinguished.

Residents of the home declined assistance from the American Red Cross.

Another fire, occurring at 11 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22, on Farm Road 1150 near Oak Ridge Church, left a mobile home damaged.

Although firefighters from JFPD were able to contain the blaze to one end of the structure, the rest of the mobile home suffered severe smoke and heat damage.

"Again, no one was at home at the time the fire broke out," Vincent said. "There were no injuries."

Responding agencies included CFPD and South Barry County Ambulance.

The victim did accept assistance from the American Red Cross.

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