Tuesday, February 8, 2011
A fire that broke out Sunday afternoon destroyed a storage shed on property located south of Fulton.
Larry DiLynn said he was on his way out to cut some wood after lunch on Sunday when he saw smoke coming from his shed. His wife, Senevey, called 911 while he ran to the shed and opened the door.
“It was so smoky I couldn’t see nothing,” Larry said.
He pushed his riding mower out of the shed and waited for the fire department to arrive, but the fire engulfed his mower anyway.
Both Central and South Callaway Fire Districts responded to the fire located on a property off of County Road 403.
Mike Shrout, assistant fire chief at Central, said with the bad road conditions, the districts’ response times took longer than usual.
“It was burning pretty heavy by the time we got to the call,” Shrout said.
He said there were no injuries, but the shed was a “total loss.” The shed was about 30 feet by 40 feet and held the DiLynns’ property such as lawn equipment, tools, welding equipment, two refrigerators, a freezer and family memorabilia.
Senevey said losing her children’s memorabilia was the worse loss.
Shrout reported that the cause of the blaze was unknown, but after looking at the wiring, fire officials believe it may have started from an electrical malfunction. He added that the districts spent about two and half hours on scene putting out the flames.
Larry said the remaining heat from Sunday afternoon’s fire caused his trash cans to catch on fire later the same evening, and he had to put out the flames with a garden hose. The DiLynns were insured but have not yet ascertained the cost of the damage.