(Corrected story: Address corrected and changed to 607 E. Second St.)
A house fire that occurred last Wednesday in the 600 block of E. 2nd St. in Laddonia was reportedly burning because of arson.
Laddonia Fire Chief Glenn Jensen said the State Fire Marshall made the declaration after investigating the fire. The investigation is ongoing and no suspects have been arrested as of press time.
Jensen was at work near the fire around 6:23 p.m. at 607 E. Second St. and ran to the home to make sure no one was inside.
He said he saw a stack of tires on the front porch on fire. He noted that he was able to see into the unoccupied home before the home became fully engulfed at the front of the house.
No one was home at the time of the fire. It is reported that the Welch family owns the structure.
With many of the town’s firefighters working outside of town, several first responders and local volunteers initially fought the fire to help save the home next door.
Once firefighter personnel arrived at the scene and suited up, volunteers from both the Laddonia and Martinsburg departments worked to put out the fire.
“There was no damage to any of the other buildings around,” Jensen said.
There were about 12 Laddonia volunteers (medical and fire) along with Laddonia’s fire truck, a tanker, and the rescue unit at the scene.
Martinsburg responded with seven to eight volunteers and two pumpers.
Jensen said he was at the scene until 12:30 a.m. as volunteers put out several small fires that continued to burn at the residence.
“First of all I’d like to thank all of our first responders and firefighters who showed up,” Jensen added. “Also, I’d like to thank Martinsburg as their help was greatly appreciated. They did a tremendous job as well.”