A Kennett man was injured and his dog was killed following a fire at his residence on Highway EE in Kennett.
The Kennett Fire Department responded to a fire at 2408 Highway EE, trailer No. 7, in Kennett, at approximately 7:51 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10.
The resident of the property, Henery Freeman, was asleep on a bed in the living room portion of the property when he woke up to the smell of smoke. Freeman crawled on his hands and knees to escape the structure. He was treated on the scene by Medic One for first and second degree burns to his hands. The home was not equipped with smoke detectors.
Firefighters arrived on the scene to heavy smoke and flames. They then worked for approximately two hours to extinguish the fire. Their efforts were hampered by a door that was padlocked from the outside.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation, but is believed to have started in the living room portion of the home.
According to Kennett Fire Marshal Scott Tutor, this is the third structure fire in the community within the past three months that involved either a death or a serious injury to the occupant. Two of the fires involved mobile homes that did not have working smoke detectors, and had the rear doors padlocked from the outside.
The property owner, Mary Goodrich Lewis, of Kennett, was questioned as to why her rental property did not have smoke detectors. She responded by saying she "could not afford any smoke detectors."
The fire resulted in a total loss of the structure with an estimated $10,000 in damages.
Tutor also noted that Lewis has been served a citation for violating the Missouri Building Code.