The Sedalia Fire Department responded to three structure fires Friday night into early Saturday morning, all determined to be accidental.
According to information from SFD Deputy Chief Greg Harrell, SFD responded to a fire at a residence, 1209 S. Grand Ave., that was caused by a vehicle fire in the driveway around 7:30 p.m. Friday. The house sustained moderate damage to the outside of the structure.
Battalion Chief Paul Withers said the incident started with a fire in the vehicle’s engine area.
“There was nothing suspicious, just a normal vehicle fire,” Withers told the Democrat by phone Saturday morning. “It did melt the siding on the house.”
Withers said crews were on scene for about 45 minutes.
Around 4:28 a.m. Saturday, firefighters responded to a report of a house fire in the 600 block of West Fourth Street. Upon arrival, firefighters found a three-story home, 623 W. Fourth St., with fire and smoke showing, Harrell said via email. A home roughly six feet to the west, 625 W. Fourth St., started to burn as well.
The Missouri State Fire Marshal’s office was called in to assist SFD investigators to attempt to determine the cause.
“The source of the fire was a ceiling fan in the back porch area (at 623) had overheated, melted, and when it fell down it fell on a lot of burnable materials,” Withers said. “That’s what started the fire. It was nothing suspicious, it was accidental.”
The three-story home sustained heavy damage to the structure and contents, and moderate damage to the home next door, according to Harrell. No one was home at 623 at the time of the fire, but the occupants of 625 were inside their home. Withers said those residents were able to get back inside their home.
Withers said crews remained on scene until around 9 a.m. He added that the Pettis County Fire District had personnel on standby for mutual aid if needed and SFD called in overtime assistance due to two houses on fire at the same time.
No injuries were reported in either incident.
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