By KEVIN BOWDEN
An electrical fire in a box fan is being blamed for starting a massive fire that destroyed the Obion home of Dustin Clark and his family Thursday morning, according to Obion Fire Chief Jamie Evans.
The brick house was declared a total loss by Evans.
He and other firefighters were on the scene fighting the intense blaze from shortly before 9 a.m. until just after 1 p.m. Thursday.
It was a particularly difficult task as the Obion firefighters were fighting a fire at the home of one of their own. Clark has been a volunteer firefighter with the Obion Volunteer Fire Department for the past year.
Clark’s wife, Carrie Clark, was at home at the time the fire broke out and was able to escape through a window, according to Evans.
“When our firetrucks pulled up, I saw her jump out of the bathroom window,” Evans told The Messenger.
She was transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City for treatment of smoke inhalation.
Two of the Clark’s three children — Jayden, 4, and Kylenn, 1 — were also at home when the fire started but were able to safely escape the residence.
One of the firefighters battling the fire was overcome by the extreme heat and thick smoke emanating from the house and was treated at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City.
Firefighters were unable to make entry into the house after the floor collapsed. The intensity of the blaze kept firefighters at a distance as flames leapt into the air more than 40 feet.
Firefighters and firetrucks were called in from Kenton, Hornbeak, Rives and Troy to help out. The Obion County Rescue Squad was also on the scene.
The Clark family lost the entire contents of their house in the fire.
Bubba Cobb, emergency services director for the American Red Cross office in Dyersburg, has already helped the family out with some financial support and two nights at a motel.
Donations for the Clark family are being accepted at Obion City Hall, according to Evans. They are also being accepted at Cash Tyme in Union City, located behind Subway.
A list has been provided to The Messenger for anyone interested in helping the family with donations of clothing:
• Dustin — size 11 shoes, XL shirts and 32×36 pants.
• Mrs. Clark — size 7 shoes, M/L shirts, 9/M pants and 36D bras.
• Ayzia, 6 — size 10 shoes, 6/7 shirts and 6/7 pants.
• Jayden — size 9 shoes, 5/6 shirts and 4/5 pants.
• Kylenn — size 5 shoes, 24M shirts and 3T pants
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in The Messenger 4.13.12