Animal Control Officer Intervenes in Fire

| November 22, 2013
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The Warrensburg Animal Control Officer observed smoke coming from a house on South Mitchell while on patrol Thursday afternoon. He stopped to alert the occupants, and moved them to safety. Household members had not been aware of the danger.

Officer Tim Stanfield also notified dispatch, and the fire department responded. The blaze caused moderate damage to the house’s kitchen. Nobody was harmed.

Press Release from the Warrensburg Fire Department

At 12:03 on Thursday the 21st of November, Warrensburg Fire Department units were called to a reported structure fire at 1100 S. Mitchell St. in Warrensburg. While driving on Mitchell St., Animal Control Officer Tim Stanfield observed smoke coming from the houses eaves. He stopped to alert the occupants and moved them to safety. The occupants were unaware of the fire before Officer Stanfield contacted them. While evacuating the occupants, he was notifying the dispatch center to have the Fire Department respond.

“Due to Officer Stanfield’s attentiveness and quick actions, no one was injured and the house can be repaired suffering slightly moderate damage to the kitchen area and second floor and wall areas.” reported Jim Kushner, Fire Chief. Firefighters were on the scene for about an hour after extinguishing the fire checking for any hidden fire spread and looking into the cause. Investigation to the cause of the fire is continuing and is believed to be accidental.

For any questions, contact Jim Kushner, Fire Chief at 660-262-4651 or jkushner@warrensburg-mo.com.

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