Missouri Department of Public Safety Communications Director Mike O’Connell said Wednesday that the Tuesday morning house fire at 2211 E. Broadway Blvd. began on the back porch of the residence.
“The cause is listed as undetermined because of the limited remains (of the structure),” he said by phone. “There is no evidence of foul play.”
O’Connell cited an investigative report conducted by the members of State Fire Marshal’s Office.
Also on Wednesday, Sedalia Fire Department Deputy Fire Chief Greg Harrell provided a report that stated SFD received the alarm at 10:33 a.m Tuesday and arrived at the scene at 10:38 a.m. On arrival the firefighters found the rear of the house filled with heavy smoke and fire. Both Kansas City Power & Light and Empire Gas were contacted to secure the electric and gas utilities.
The SFD report also stated that no firefighters were injured while fighting the blaze although Card did sustain minor burns to her hand and arm.
The home, owned by Scott Matz, of Sedalia, was rented by Teresa Card, who was there with two of her five children. Card said the fire began when she poured hot grease out the back door.
Card occupies the home with Jamie Dickson, who said he had just placed his lawnmower inside the backyard shed and left the residence when the fire erupted around 10:15 a.m. The fire began in the enclosed back porch and then quickly spread to the nearby shed.
After Sedalia firefighters extinguished the fire on the back porch it erupted again inside the home, causing smoke to fill the residence. Firefighters removed several roof caps to help the smoke escape from the home.
Card and Dickson, who have no renters insurance, lost all their belongings to the fire.
Faith Bemiss can be reached at 530-0289 or @flbemiss.