Shortly after 9 p.m., Marilyn Stough called 911 dispatchers to report a fire in her home at 8685 North County Road 200 East, Brazil. At the time, she told dispatchers the fire possibly started in electrical plug for the toaster and was spreading toward a trashcan.
Stough, visibly shaken but uninjured, was able to get out of the home safely.
"I'm fine," she said. "But my nerves sure are a mess."
When firefighters arrived, flames could not be seen outside of the home, but the fire was located in the walls and the home was filled with heavy smoke.
The Clay County Sheriff's Department provided traffic assistance along N CR 200 N so Van Buren's tanker trucks could get water to the scene.
Firefighters remained on the scene for more than two hours to make sure the fire was completely put out. Although the exterior of the home did not receive much damage, the inside received moderate smoke and water damage with the main fire damage contained to the kitchen area.
JTVFD Fire Chief Troy Nichols and VBVFD Fire Chief Pete Taylor investigated the fire's origin and determined the cause to be electrical in nature.
Nichols told The Brazil Times that 99 percent of the damage was contained in the kitchen but most of Stough's possessions were not damaged.
"The guys did a great job," Nichols said. "It was a really quick attack and the fire was knocked down fast. The quick action by the homeowner and the departments helped minimize the damage to the home."
"They've done a great job," Stough's son Brent Knox said about the firefighters efforts at the scene. "Mom's OK, that's all that matters. She will be staying with us for a while."