NEW INFO: Child Playing with Lighter, Candle the Cause of Weston Fire

By: WSAW Staff
By: WSAW Staff
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UPDATE: Thurs 12:01 PM, Oct. 10, 2013

Authorities say a child playing with a lighter and candle caused a house fire in Weston Wednesday night.

The home was approximately 75% fully involved upon response and additional assistance was requested from neighboring fire departments. Everest Metro Police Chief Wally Sparks, said the roof and first floor of the residence collapsed 25 minutes into the fire and the main body of the fire was extinguished in approximately 30 minutes.

Approximately 35-40 firefighters that responded to assist on this fire.

The damage loss from the fire is estimated to be around $200,000.

Officers arrived on scene within three minutes and the Fire Department responded on scene in just over six minutes.

The Weston Fire Department was assisted by the Rib Mountain F.D., Ringle F.D., Schofield F.D., Rothschild EMS, St. Clares ALS, the Salvation Army and the Red Cross.

UPDATED: Tue 2:39 AM, Sept 05, 2013

A Weston family is without a home after it was quickly destroyed by a fire Wednesday. The fire was reported at 6:32pm.

The family with three children was able to escape the home, which is on the 5500 block of Isaiah St. The homeowner tells us the fire may have started because of children playing with matches, although the Fire Department is still investigating the cause.

More than 100 neighbors watched as firefighters tried to contain the blaze, which was already about 75% involved when they arrived on scene.

NewsChannel 7 had a staff member in the area, and arrived on scene several minutes before firefighters, and captured video as crews arrived. The family was already out safely.

The Salvation Army has been paged to offer assistance to the family.


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