Two fires destroy houses in Windsor, Decatur townships

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 4, 2004

A fire over the weekend in Windsor Township and one Monday in Decatur Township have left two people homeless.

Windsor Township Fire Chief Donnie Christian said the state fire marshal's office has been called in to investigate the fire that destroyed the Bob Hayes residence on State Route 217 north of Scottown Saturday morning.

"When someone first saw the fire the entire back side of the house was pretty well involved and starting to fall in," Christian said.

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No one was in the house at the time of the fire. Christian said the cause of the blaze or where it started has not been determined.

In Decatur Township, neighbors are pitching in to help Roger Nelson after his Waterloo-Mt. Vernon Road residence burned Monday. That residence was also a total loss. Decatur Fire Department President Matthew Jenkins said the fire may have been the result of a wood/coal burner used to heat the older model mobile home.

Nelson is staying with neighbors until he finds a new place to live. One neighbor Erma Large, said people in the area are bringing Nelson clothes, blankets and other necessities.

"We're a stick-together place out here," Large said.

Annabelle Jenkins, Lawrence County Coordinator for the American Red Cross, said Nelson is also receiving assistance from her organization.

Those who want to donate items to Nelson may contact Large at 643-0406.