The Sedalia Fire Department was on the scene of a house fire at 412 North Grand early this morning.

The fire was reported to 911 at approximately 3:27 a.m. (Nov. 27).

Upon arrival, Sedalia Fire units found heavy fire and smoke coming from three sides of the house, and all the occupants were out of the house at that time.

Seven individuals were at home at the time of the fire according to first reports. Smoke detectors, installed by the SFD last week, were sounding and audible on the outside of the one-story structure.

At 5:19 a.m. the fire was declared under control. Crews worked to extinguish hot spots. The structure is a total loss, according to Sedalia Fire Chief Greg Harrell.

All fire crews cleared the scene around 8 a.m.

As fire crews were fighting the fire, a smoke detector was heard operating in the house, Chief Harrell said. Initial reports are the fire started in the attic,  and occupant woke to noise and went outside, saw fire from the roof area, reentered the home and woke the rest and evacuated them. The fire was in the attic above all the rooms.

Occupants are in need of clothing and other items. They escaped with the clothing they were wearing only.

Crews were on scene approximately four hours, with high winds hampering firefighting efforts.

Randy Kirby
Randy Kirby
Randy Kirby