Fire damages home of broadcaster Jack Buck's widow

Tuesday, August 4, 2009 | 4:19 p.m. CDT

LADUE — A fire badly damaged the home of the widow of Baseball Hall of Fame broadcaster Jack Buck, but she escaped the blaze unharmed, authorities said Tuesday.

The fire at Carole Buck's house was reported shortly after 1:30 a.m., and much of the home was quickly engulfed in flame, Ladue Police Lt. Darrin McClure said.

"There was some smoldering and Mrs. Buck was out OK. Then the fire spread quickly," he said. The house sits in a cul-de-sac, but the flames did not spread to any neighboring homes.

Buck's daughter, Julie Buck, said her mother thought she smelled something unusual Monday evening. Smoke detectors warned Buck, and Carole Buck got out and called for help, according to police.

Buck was resting at the home of her son, Fox sportscaster Joe Buck.

"By the time I pulled up here you could see the flames that were shooting into the air," Joe Buck told St. Louis' KTVI-TV. "You realize the big picture is she was in one place and everything was OK."

Jack Buck, the former Cardinals broadcaster, died in 2002 at age 77. Carole Buck moved into the Cape Cod-style three-bedroom house in Ladue about a year after her husband's death, and she lived there alone.

Some sports memorabilia was destroyed in the fire, authorities said.

Fire officials were at the scene midday Tuesday and were unavailable for comment.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, citing St. Louis County Assessor's office records, reported on its Web site that the home was purchased for $945,000 by the Buck Family Residence Trust in 2003.

Jack Buck was the voice of the Cardinals for nearly five decades and was a beloved figure in St. Louis, known for his signature signoff, "That's a Winner!"

In addition to broadcasting Cardinals games, Buck worked for a time as the main baseball broadcaster for CBS and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame broadcaster's wing in 1987. He also was the longtime radio play-by-play man for Monday Night Football games.


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