A residence in the 1800 block of South Marvin Avenue has been deemed a “total loss” after a fire Wednesday night.
The Sedalia Fire Department arrived on scene at 7:56 p.m. Wednesday and firefighters stayed on scene until 12:06 a.m. Thursday. The home, occupied by Jason Spain, was “declared a total loss by our records,” said Deputy Fire Chief Greg Harrell.
“It is an undetermined cause at this point, and will probably remain that way due to the amount of damage,” Harrell said Thursday afternoon.
No injuries were reported, as no one was home when the fire began, but three dogs and four cats inside the home died, presumably from heavy smoke.
Harrell said the residence had been remodeled and had relatively new siding, insulation and windows, which he said probably led to pressure building inside the home.
“The first truck on scene saw heavy smoke coming from all the eaves,” Harrell said. “… It had been burning for some time. (Spain) left the house right around 6 (p.m.) to go to school, so no one was home. (The fire) had a couple hours to really do its thing. The house was extremely well insulated, it was a weather tight home so lot of heat and smoke was held inside.
“I spoke with a neighbor across street who came home just before 8 and he noticed a little bit of smoke, but he thought it was coming from the flue so he didn’t it was think out of the ordinary. By the time we arrived smoke was forcing its way out of any little gap due to pressure.”
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