A house fire on South Lamine Avenue did in fact injure a man Monday evening.
According to Sedalia Fire Battalion Chief Matt Irwin a man sustained burns, but firefighters initially did not realize that anyone had been injured because the the victim, Brandon Vogan, age unknown, was transported to Bothwell Regional Medical Center by a private vehicle before fire crews arrived at the scene.
“We didn’t know that anyone had been injured until after we put out the fire,” Irwin said.
Irwin said the cause of the fire, which was initially reported at 5:55 p.m. Monday, was burning oil in a pan on the stove. Irwin said. Vogan was reportedly burned when he tried to remove the burning pan and take it outside of the house located at 1207 South Lamine Avenue. He said Vogan dropped the burning pan on the floor after he was burned, which caused the fire to spread.
Two engines from Sedalia Fire and a ladder truck responded to the fire by 5:59 p.m. and the fire was controlled within about 10 minutes, Irwin said. Fire crews remained on the scene for over two hours to make sure the fire was completely extinguished and mopped up. The structure sustained heavy damage and Vogel was transported to University Hospital in Columbia. Vogan is in fair condition at University Hospital in Columbia.
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