Early-Morning House Fire Displaces 4, Kills Two Dogs

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BELTON (December 30, 2013) A family of four was left homeless Monday morning after fire raced through their Belton-area home.

(Photo by Jacob Garcia)

Robert Chadwick and his wife Margaret were home with their two granddaughters, ages 2, and 5, at the time of the fire.

Chadwick told investigators the smoke alarms woke him up and he found the living room filled with smoke and flames.

Chadwick was able to get everyone out of the home safely without injuries.

But the fire burned the home to the ground and killed two family dogs, Sparta Fire Chief Robbie Taylor said.

Units were sent at around 12:45 a.m. Monday to the residence in the 6300 block of Eagle Point Main Street, just off Sparta Road near Lake Belton.

The first units to arrive reported the house engulfed in flames.

Taylor said the local chapter of the American Red Cross had provided hotel rooms for the family, which lost everything in the fire.

Three fire departments responded to the fire, Taylor said.

Firefighters still were at the scene at 9:30 a.m. mopping up hot spots, Taylor said.

Holland Fire Investigator Charles Young, who’s looking for the cause of the fire, said the home’s rural location meant that water had to be hauled in to battle the flames.

There were no fire hydrants nearby, he said.