No one injured in house fire

Wednesday, February 18, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 6:34 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

No one was injured by a house fire at 2233 Lakeland Drive on Tuesday evening. Tim Blackford, the renter, and two of his stepdaughters, Kirstin Baker, 14, and Kasey Hull, 12, were in the home when the fire started.

Kirstin called 911 on Blackford’s cell phone, and the call was received at 5:18 p.m., Boone County Fire Protection District Chief Steve Paulsell said.

Firefighters responded from Station 1 about a mile away.

The cause of the fire was unknown as of Tuesday night.

Neighbors said they heard a “boom,” which prompted them to run outside and see what happened.

Originally, the fire was contained to the garage and attic, but it spread to the living area, which sustained fire, smoke and water damage, Paulsell said.

The garage was seared by the fire, which left a blackened Ford Taurus station wagon.

Firefighters pulled a refrigerator, which was no longer recognizable, from the home, as well as other large burned items.

Paulsell estimated there would be at least $50,000 of damage to the structure.

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