families affected by fire
Wanda English Burnett- Editor
Six families who live in an apartment building at 305 N. Walnut
Street in Osgood, were affected by a fire that started in a one-story
portion of the building on Monday afternoon, March 19.
The fire started in the Walter and Tabitha Riley apartment and
was accidental, according to Osgoods Fire Chief, Chris Lemen.
He noted that the Riley family lost everything. They have three
The rest of the building where five other families live, sustained
heavy smoke damage. According to Ripley County Red Cross Director
Sandy Vanderbur, they include Ronnie Ball, Joan Bishop, Chris
Woods, Kim Edwards, and Jason Miller. She was on the scene immediately
and noted that the Red Cross assisted all of the families with
various help such as gift cards, vouchers, and motel assistance.
She said two of the families, the Rileys and Ronnie Ball, were
displaced. Ball didnt have electricity in his apartment
due to the close proximity of the origination of the fire.
Fourteen firemen from the Osgood Volunteer Fire Department responded
to the scene. According to Chief Lemen, they were there within
three minutes of the call. From across town Lemen noted that you
could see the heavy smoke. Immediately they called for assistance
from Versailles knowing the building was old and it could burn
quickly. They were able to extinguish the fire in a hurry and
prevent additional loss. Estimates of loss include $40,000 in
contents and $90,000 to the structure. The building is owned by
Carl Schebler of Line Fork, KY.
Firemen were on the scene about four hours Monday.
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