March 6, 2003

Saturday Night Fire Destroys Mobile Home Near Bible Grove

A Rural Bible Grove family was left homeless when their mobile home was destroyed by a late-night fire March 1.

The blaze was reported at 11:45 p.m. at the residence of Gerald Frederick and Kena Boatmen which is located on Route T, three miles from the Highway 136 intersection.

The mobile home was completely destroyed. The couple as well as three children that reside at the home, lost all of their possessions in the blaze.

A relief effort has begun for the victims, who are in need of clothing, household goods and appliances. Clothing donations are being requested for adult men's shirts, size large and men's jeans size 31/34. The family also needs adult women's extra large shirts, women's size 14 jeans and nursing scrubs (extra large shirts, large pants). Children's clothing in adult large or extra large shirts and adult large pants are needed as well.

Anyone wishing to donate any of these items or to make a financial contribution to the relief effort can contact Larry and Joyce Frederick at 660-883-5838.

Despite the fact the property owners were not members of the Scotland County Fire Corp-oration, the Scotland County Fire Department responded to the scene as the initial report indicated the residents might still be inside the home. The initial call indicated a vehicle(s) was parked in the driveway.

Law enforcement officers were the first to arrive on the scene and determined all the occupants were accounted for and the fire department halted its response and returned to the fire station.

Membership to the fire corporation costs $25 annually. The yearly dues are paid January 1 and become delinquent after March 1. If not paid by this date, the membership is terminated. The rural fire department is funded solely by the membership revenue. The fire department is prohibited by the organization's by-laws from responding to a non-members fire unless it is a life-threatening situation.

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