Family displaced by Wednesday night house fire in Fort Scott

By Jason E. Silvers
Fort Scott Tribune – December 26, 2017

Fort Scott Fire Department officials are investigating a Wednesday night fire that damaged a house in the 100 block of N. Judson Street and displaced the family living there.

Fort Scott Fire Chief Paul Ballou said Thursday firefighters responded about 11:30 p.m. to a one-story house at 115 N. Judson following a report of a structure fire. Firefighters remained on scene for several hours containing the fire.

“When the trucks and guys got on scene, it was going pretty good,” Ballou said. “There was fire out the windows and in most of the house. There was a lot of smoke in the attic. It was a worse case scenario.”

Ballou said there were about six people inside the house at the time of the fire and “everybody made it out.” There were no reported injuries. He said he was not sure who called in the fire.

Fire investigators worked at the scene Thursday to try to determine the cause and origin of the fire. Deputy Fire Chief Dave Bruner said Friday the fire is still under investigation and it would likely be a week before it is completed.

“We had a report it may have started in a bedroom,” Ballou said.

The FSFD called Scott Township Fire Department for aid. That department responded with “at least one engine” and about six to eight personnel. The FSFD responded with seven to eight personnel and two pumper trucks, Ballou said.

Ballou said firefighters cleared the scene about 3:30 a.m. Thursday.

“It didn’t burn down but it’s an older home … and there are several roof lines so when we open up a ceiling to get to the attic, you run into another roof,” he said.

Ballou said the fire did not spread to any nearby structures or vehicles. He said the department contacted the American Red Cross about helping the residents with temporary shelter and other needs as they lost several possessions in the fire.

Rachel Fountain, who lived in the house with her cousin and eight children, said Friday the family “lost everything” in the fire, which included Christmas presents, clothes, TVs, and other possessions.

Fountain said one of the family’s greatest needs is housing. The Red Cross provided her with money toward housing, but for now she and the family are staying at a cousin’s parents’ house until they come up with a better solution. She said the house is small and cramped for a large number of people.

While everyone made it out of the house unharmed, a puppy and five cats were lost in the fire, Fountain said.


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