The Denver Fire Department, with assistance from Pumpkin Center Fire Department, Alexis Fire Department, East Lincoln Fire Department and Sherrill’s Ford–Terrell Fire-Rescue, spent the better portion of Wednesday morning responding to a fire at 5100 Mary Elizabeth Lane in Denver. After receiving the call at 9:02 a.m., firefighters were quickly dispatched and arrived at the scene eight minutes later to find a two-story home heavily involved in flames. Firefighters wasted no time in stretching supply lines almost half a mile onto the scene to aggressively put out the flames.
One resident was home at the time the fire started toward the back of the house. Though no one was injured, it was reported by the Denver Fire Department that a cat was killed in the fire and a family dog is still unaccounted for. Firefighters were unable to search for the dog due to the extensive damage in the home.
In addition to the insufficient water supply, firefighters had to evacuate the building after a 3-foot section of roof collapsed seven minutes into the operation. Lincoln County EMS helped firefighters combat the heat and exhaustion. According to Lincoln County Fire Marshall Rodney Emmitt, the fire likely began at the back corner of the house on the outside of the home, but the cause is currently undetermined.
The family is currently being assisted by the American Red Cross. Donations are appreciated at this time.