Howard County Firefighters Lose Home in Early Morning Fire

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HOWARD COUNTY - Crews are investigating the cause of a fire that burned down a Howard County home early Thursday morning. Seven people were in the home at the time of the fire and managed to get to a neighbor's house safely. The home belonged to three fire fighters, two of which were working at the time, with four children living in the home.

At about 4:10 a.m. Jody Hundley, a resident, smelled a burning scent. Firefighters arrived around 4:30 a.m. to find the house completely engulfed. At that point, the home was beyond point of rescue, so crews just worked to contain the flames.

The family did not have insurance, and lost everything in the fire. The community is working to raise funds and collect items for the family.

Here's how you can help:

  •  Drop items off at Linda's Daycare (660) 882-2894. 
  •  Donate to an account set up for the victims at Citizens Bank and Trust, called "The Firefighters Account."
  •  Drop items off at the New Franklin fire house.
  •  Drop items off at the Howard County Democrat.

The Red Cross also set up an account to help the family at the Citizens Bank & Trust in Boonville.  The organization also provided three nights lodging in a hotel for the family, food and clothing.  River of Life Church on Ashley Road in Boonville will also be taking donations from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday.