This home on West Lane was ablaze when firefighters arrived on the scene. The fire was so hot it melted the vinyl siding on a neighboring house. Photo by Stephanie Watkins
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Fire damages Jackson home near junior high

by Gregory Dullum ~ Editor

A carport became engulfed in flames Monday evening, Jan. 28, on a home across the street from Jackson Junior High. At 4:41 p.m., a neighbor reported the fire to Jackson Fire & Rescue.

There was one female occupant in the home at the time of the fire. The smoke alarm had not gone off because smoke and fire had not yet breached the wall into the living area of the home.

A neighbor knocked on the door, alerting the occupant to the fire and evacuated her to safety.

Jackson Fire and Rescue responded with three fire engines and was assisted by Millersville and  Cape Girardeau. A total of 22 fire personnel helped battle the blaze.

“It started on the carport, but we don’t know the cause,” said JFR Assistant Chief Randy Davis.

Before firefighters extinguished the fire, it had burned its way into the kitchen area of the house. “We were able to contain it to the north side of the house,” Davis said. The automobile in the carport had caught fire and the fire burned through the roof of the carport.

The fire was brought under control in 23 minutes. Firefighters remained on the scene about two hours, continuing to hit hot spots.

The Fruitland and Gordonville fire departments offered mutual aid by covering the Jackson fire station during the fire.

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