Fire causes significant damage to Purdy home

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Members of the Purdy Fire Protection District work to put out a fire at Highway C and Caldonia Street in Purdy on Sunday morning. Contributed photo

Three fire departments team up in battling blaze

Three fire departments combined forces to stop a fire in a residence at the corner of Caldonia and Highway C in Purdy on Sunday.

According to Fire Chief Nick Mercer, firefighters were dispatched at 8:58 a.m. on Sunday due to smoke coming from the one-story residence. Shortly after their arrival, flames broke through the front window.

"It appears the fire started in the wall of the living room," Mercer said. "It was a balloon frame construction house. We believe the cause was electrical. The fire spread into the kitchen and went up the wall into the attic."

The Purdy Fire District brought three trucks and nine personnel to the scene. Responding on mutual aid were the Butterfield department with three trucks and nine firefighters, and the Monett city department with two trucks and three firefighters.

Mercer said the fire caused significant smoke and heat damage. Firefighters were on the scene for approximately two hours.

The home is owned by Launce Bunnell and had not been occupied for at least 24 hours, Mercer said.

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