BELTON (May 17, 2013)—The cause of a fire in Belton that displaced an elderly man and his caretaker is under investigation.
The elderly resident, who’s a double amputee and uses a wheelchair, and the caretaker, were asleep when the fire broke out, Belton Fire Department Investigator Jeff Booker said.
The caretaker awoke, however, and was able to carry the elderly man out of the house, Booker said.
Several pets escaped without injury, as well.
The man’s next door neighbor, Cherie Andrews, said her husband helped the caretaker get the elderly man off the porch and then grabbed his wheelchair.
She said her son was the first to spot the fire.
The fire, which was reported at around 7:25 p.m. Thursday in the 2400 block of Connell Street, was burning in the garage and the attic of the house when the first crews arrived.
Firefighters had the blaze under control within about 15 minutes, but the garage was a total loss and the house was heavily damaged.
The Red Cross was assisting the two residents, whose names weren’t released.