Posted: Jul 20, 2012 2:20 PM by Eric Hilt
Updated: Jul 20, 2012 2:32 PM
SEDALIA - State officials say they haven't figured out what caused a fire that burned a Sedalia apartment building. Missouri Fire Marshal Randy Cole says crews are still investigating the fire and the cause is currently listed as undetermined. Investigators think the roof could be the source of the fire, but cannot confirm anything yet.
A representative from the owner of the property, Furnell Companies, said that a roofing crew was working on installing a new roof to the apartment complex Wednesday afternoon.
Furnell Companies said that after the fire marshal's investigation they will launch their own property inspection. The company said they plan to hire a structural engineer to look at the building and determine if it is structurally sound. Furnell Companies said if it is safe, they plan to rebuild the apartment.
Fifteen of the twenty-two apartments were occupied at the time of the fire, but all tenets were evacuated out of the building safely.
The Salvation Army and other volunteers met the residents outside of the building and provided food and water. The Salvation Army is continuing to help those displaced by the fire by donating clothes and other household goods. It plans to donate furniture to residents in the future.
If you'd like to help, Salvation Army Captain Mark Haslett said to donate clothes and other goods to area Salvation Army thrift stores.