House Fire at 521 South Lafayette Determined To Be Incendiary In Nature
Sedalia Firefighters battled a blaze early Sunday morning at 521 South Lafayette.
A 911 call was received at 2:21 a.m., by Joint Communications, and SFD was en route one minute later and arrived on scene at 2:24 a.m.
Details were provided by Chief Matt Irwin:
On arrival fire crews had a significantly large fire at the rear and south sides of the home. This fire extended from the ground level to the roof peak. Fire crews made an aggressive attack on the fire to knock it down and preformed a rapid interior search of the residence.
After the search was complete with no persons found within the house, crews went into fire extinguishment mode. This was a well involved fire with fire already into the attic spaces.
It was determined that the home was vacant from the property owner.
A Missouri Fire Investigator was requested and responded to the scene. Although their investigation is still ongoing it has been determined that this fire is incendiary in nature. Fire investigators were able to locate burn patterns on the floor that indicate a poured flammable liquid.
The home was approximately 75 percent damaged by fire with smoke and water damage throughout the residence.
No civilian injuries were reported.
One firefighter was treated at the scene for heat-related issues. He was later cleared by EMS and rejoined fire extinguishment.
Additional fire crews were called in and a total of 15 personnel were on scene for this fire until 6:37 a.m., Chief Irwin said.
Assisting agencies included Sedalia Police Department, Pettis County Ambulance District (PCAD) and the Missouri Division of Fire Safety.