Junction City Home Destroyed By Fire
Sandoval Fire Chief Chad Parson says the fire was at a home rented by Doug Benschwal at 2849 Old U.S. 51 just north of the railroad underpass. "Upon arrival, there was heavy fire coming through the roof at the center of the home. Nobody was home at the time. The fire was discovered by a passerby or neighbor. They called it in," said Parson. "It had a pretty good head start on us when we arrived."
Parson says at first it was feared Benwschal's son may have been inside, but he was quickly located elsewhere. He reports the State Fire Marshall's office has been called in to try and determine the cause of the fire. "It kinda of looks like it may have traveled from the furnace area of the basement up through the walls to the ceiling area," said Parson.
Parson says the fire appears to have been burning in the interior of the home for sometime before it broke through the roof and was discovered. He reports the fire fighting was complicated because the home had been remodeled several times. Parson says all that remains of the home are the walls, with the roof burned off. Some of the floor also fell into the basement.
Sandoval Firemen called Odin and Centralia Fire Protection District officials for mutual aide assistance. The fire call came in at 3:20 Sunday morning. Firemen were on the scene for four hours. There were no injuries. The home is owned by Perry Jourdan.
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