UPDATE: Sedalia firefighters respond to two structure fires Sunday


Calls come in within 47 minutes on two vacant buildings

Democrat Staff



Sedalia Fire Department driver Kyle Gilmore uses a thermal gun to check the internal temperature of a vacant property in the 1200 block of South Murray Avenue Sunday afternoon. The Sedalia Fire Department responded to two calls within 47 minutes Sunday afternoon. The fire on Murray Avenue was confined to the southwest corner of the structure. Hope Lecchi | Democrat


Firefighter Daniel Hargrave uses an ax to remove a corner of the sheathing of a house in the 1200 block of South Murray Avenue Sunday afternoon. Eyewitnesses at the scene said they noticed some juveniles playing near the rear of the property and then running from the house shortly after the structure caught fire. The house has been vacant for several months, according to individuals at the scene. Hope Lecchi | Democrat


Members of the Sedalia Fire Department assess an abandoned building in the 1300 block of East Fifth Street Sunday afternoon. The first of two structure fires Sunday afternoon that were reported within an hour, the call on this building came in at 1:01 p.m. The abandoned property was boarded up and members of the department had to remove multiple doors and plywood before entering the structure to assess the damage. The building contained a large amount of abandoned property, making it difficult to move throughout the structure. Hope Lecchi | Democrat


A member of the Sedalia Fire Department sprays water near the roof line of an abandoned building in the 1300 block of East Fifth Street Sunday afternoon. Thick smoke was seen coming from the roof line of the structure but flames were not visible until firefighters used a chainsaw to cut through a portion of the siding on the abandoned building after detecting several hot spots near the roof. The flames were extinguished within minutes of their discovery, but firefighters remained on the scene because of the extremely dry and brittle condition of the building and its contents. Hope Lecchi | Democrat


Calls come in within 47 minutes on two vacant buildings

Democrat Staff

Sedalia Fire Department driver Kyle Gilmore uses a thermal gun to check the internal temperature of a vacant property in the 1200 block of South Murray Avenue Sunday afternoon. The Sedalia Fire Department responded to two calls within 47 minutes Sunday afternoon. The fire on Murray Avenue was confined to the southwest corner of the structure. Hope Lecchi | Democrat
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_tsd041816fire1-1.jpgSedalia Fire Department driver Kyle Gilmore uses a thermal gun to check the internal temperature of a vacant property in the 1200 block of South Murray Avenue Sunday afternoon. The Sedalia Fire Department responded to two calls within 47 minutes Sunday afternoon. The fire on Murray Avenue was confined to the southwest corner of the structure. Hope Lecchi | Democrat

Firefighter Daniel Hargrave uses an ax to remove a corner of the sheathing of a house in the 1200 block of South Murray Avenue Sunday afternoon. Eyewitnesses at the scene said they noticed some juveniles playing near the rear of the property and then running from the house shortly after the structure caught fire. The house has been vacant for several months, according to individuals at the scene. Hope Lecchi | Democrat
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_tsd041816fire2-1.jpgFirefighter Daniel Hargrave uses an ax to remove a corner of the sheathing of a house in the 1200 block of South Murray Avenue Sunday afternoon. Eyewitnesses at the scene said they noticed some juveniles playing near the rear of the property and then running from the house shortly after the structure caught fire. The house has been vacant for several months, according to individuals at the scene. Hope Lecchi | Democrat

Members of the Sedalia Fire Department assess an abandoned building in the 1300 block of East Fifth Street Sunday afternoon. The first of two structure fires Sunday afternoon that were reported within an hour, the call on this building came in at 1:01 p.m. The abandoned property was boarded up and members of the department had to remove multiple doors and plywood before entering the structure to assess the damage. The building contained a large amount of abandoned property, making it difficult to move throughout the structure. Hope Lecchi | Democrat
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_tsd041816fire3-1.jpgMembers of the Sedalia Fire Department assess an abandoned building in the 1300 block of East Fifth Street Sunday afternoon. The first of two structure fires Sunday afternoon that were reported within an hour, the call on this building came in at 1:01 p.m. The abandoned property was boarded up and members of the department had to remove multiple doors and plywood before entering the structure to assess the damage. The building contained a large amount of abandoned property, making it difficult to move throughout the structure. Hope Lecchi | Democrat

A member of the Sedalia Fire Department sprays water near the roof line of an abandoned building in the 1300 block of East Fifth Street Sunday afternoon. Thick smoke was seen coming from the roof line of the structure but flames were not visible until firefighters used a chainsaw to cut through a portion of the siding on the abandoned building after detecting several hot spots near the roof. The flames were extinguished within minutes of their discovery, but firefighters remained on the scene because of the extremely dry and brittle condition of the building and its contents. Hope Lecchi | Democrat
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_tsd041816fire4-1.jpgA member of the Sedalia Fire Department sprays water near the roof line of an abandoned building in the 1300 block of East Fifth Street Sunday afternoon. Thick smoke was seen coming from the roof line of the structure but flames were not visible until firefighters used a chainsaw to cut through a portion of the siding on the abandoned building after detecting several hot spots near the roof. The flames were extinguished within minutes of their discovery, but firefighters remained on the scene because of the extremely dry and brittle condition of the building and its contents. Hope Lecchi | Democrat

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to include new information about the two fire incidents. It also corrects the location of the first structure fire.

According to new information from the Sedalia Police Department, two structure fires Sunday afternoon were believed to be intentionally set.

According to a SPD report, officers responded to a structure fire in the 1200 block of East Fifth Street in an unoccupied garage, Sunday afternoon The Sedalia Fire Department also responded, extinguishing the fire. The cause of the fire is believed to be intentionally set.

About 45 minutes later, a house fire was reported in the 1200 block of South Murray Avenue. The Sedalia Fire Department also responded and extinguished the fire. According to another SPD report, the garage and parts of the outside of the residence were damaged. After an SPD officer interviewed several witnesses, it was determined who the juvenile suspects were. The suspects were taken to the police station and interviewed with their parents and a juvenile officer. A juvenile referral was made.

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