Fire destroys Stark County homeA garage and chimney are nearly all that remain of a home in a subdivision northeast of Dickinson after a fire consumed it Tuesday morning.
A garage and chimney are nearly all that remain of a home in a subdivision northeast of Dickinson after a fire consumed it Tuesday morning.
Authorities got the call that Bobby Schrum’s home ignited at about 10:30 a.m., according to the Stark County Sheriff’s Office.
Nobody was injured during the blaze, according to the Dickinson Rural Fire Department.
“When I arrived on scene, the fire was already burned through the roof and had vented itself,”
Dickinson Rural Fire Chief Curt Lefor said. “That’s definitely a bad sign … it’s just really hard to contain.”
Firefighters worked into the evening to completely extinguish any hot spots in the rubble “just to make sure that the fire was out to protect the structure that was left, which was the garage,” Lefor said.
The fire didn’t spread past the house, but there is severe smoke and water damage in the garage, he added.
It took about four hours to get the fire under control and firefighters were back at the fire hall at about 6:15 p.m., Lefor said.
The cause of the fire has not been determined and it’s under investigation, he said.
“I believe it started in one of the bedrooms,” Lefor added.
It’s unclear if anybody was home when the home ignited.
Two officers were diverting traffic near the home until about 1 p.m., said Sheriff Clarence Tuhy.
“We weren’t allowing anybody into that subdivision, that’s why traffic control was set up at the intersections outside the subdivision,” he said.
However, officers were allowing those who reside nearby to go to and from their homes, Tuhy said.
Missouri Basin Well Service helped haul water to the home to fight the fire, Lefor said.
“We do that a lot,” Lefor said. “With this cold weather and the tough roads, it’s hard to get adequate water to fight the fire.”
Several other agencies responded to the incident as well, including Gladstone Rural Fire Department, American Red Cross and Dickinson Ambulance Service, Tuhy said.
Schrum declined to comment on the fire.