Fire damages home in Springfield, Mo., displacing 7

Published: May. 18, 2022 at 6:14 AM CDT|Updated: May. 19, 2022 at 9:00 AM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) -The fire marshal is investigating the cause of a fire that left seven adults without a home.

Authorities said one person is in critical condition and another is in stable condition. Springfield Fire Department officials said they had to get one person out of the home after search and rescue operations.

The 911 call came in just before 4 a.m. Wednesday to the 1300 block of West Tampa, near Chestnut and Kansas Expressway. Firefighters helped one adult escape the fire. The fire injured one resident. Two others suffered smoke inhalation.

A Battalion Chief with the Springfield Fire Department says the fire happened during a thunderstorm, hampering their efforts to put out the fire.

“When the storms are blowing through, you have to stay away from trees for lightning. We are all soaked inside the house, and outside, it’s dangerous. Getting to the calls, it’s slippery, people can’t see us when we’re coming down the road, it hampers us,” said Aaron Wood.

Wood said the department was called to three other fires Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

The American Red Cross is offering assistance to the fire victims.

“In my previous roles in public safety, I’ve seen a lot of destroyed residences, fatalities, stuff like that,” said Austin Arnold, a disaster program specialist with the local American Red Cross. “None of that is what we want to see. We want to push home fire preparedness.”

Gina Gindle said early this morning she woke up in horror.

“My mom’s 83 years old, she can’t take care of herself. I’m here to take care of her,” said Gindle. “It’s kind of hard for me to do that with half of our house is gone.”

Gindle said she was in the hospital this morning.

“I couldn’t see because of the smoke was all in my face,” said Gindle. “My mouth, I couldn’t breathe.”

Gindle said her brother was also inside the home and unconscious during the fire.

Gindle said their dog died, and she fears things may have ended differently if not for her neighbors.

“My next door neighbors on the other side of me, they came in and carried my mother out of the house,” said Gindle.

Arnold said easy ways to prevent fires are to make sure smoke alarms are working, don’t cook food unattended, and don’t overload power strips.

Gindle said she was praying for help.

“Thank God I’m still here. My brother’s here, but he can’t talk right now, and I’m praying for him to come out of it,” said Gindle.

The fire remains under investigation by the Bureau of Fire Prevention. Additional information will be released as soon as it is available.

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