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Fire destroys Knightsville home

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

An early Monday morning fire destroyed the home of David and Susan Young, 800 Church St., Knightsville.
KNIGHTSVILLE -- An early morning fire gutted the home of David and Susan Young at 800 Church St., Knightsville.

At approximately 8:45 a.m., 911 dispatch received a call from a residence across the street that the house across the street was in flames.

Volunteer fire departments from Center Point, Van Buren and Jackson Township responded, along with Search and Rescue and Trans-care.

Deputy Josh Clarke from the Clay County Sheriff's Department was the first responder on scene. The fire was completely engaged at that time.

"When I got here, you couldn't even get close to the home," Clarke said. "The flames were too hot, and the smoke was intense."

The fire spread quickly. The amount of time from the first report until the release of the various fire departments was only two hours. Only a few walls remained standing.

Neighbor Selma Lash was just shocked at how fast the fire spread.

"I was in my kitchen and heard a noise like a car door slamming," Lash said. "I looked outside to see who was here and saw all the smoke. I called my neighbor, Larry Craig, and he called 911. By the time I had hung up with him, the house was just a ball of flames."

Craig agreed that the fire spread quickly.

"I looked out the door and saw smoke, looked down to dial 911 and when I looked up again, nothing but flames," Craig said.

Neighbors said that the residents of the home were reported to be at Dietz Lake for the weekend, however, at the time of the fire, they hadn't been located.

The fire rekindled at approximately 5 p.m. Monday but the cause is still under investigation. Officials confirmed the State Fire Marshal office has been notified.

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