Fire at 44 N. Henderson - June 14, 2018
Posted on 06/15/2018
The Cape Girardeau Fire Department was dispatched at 14:07 on June 14, 2018 for a report of smoke coming from a house. Upon arrival, crews found a one-story, wood frame house with a haze of smoke in the air around the house. Upon further investigation, it appeared there was a fire in the basement of the home. When entry was forced, significant amounts of black smoke pushed out of the home. Initial reports from neighbors indicated a resident may be in the basement. Firefighters immediately began to search the home. A moderate fire was found in the basement and quickly controlled by a single hose line. The primary search found no one, and the occupant was quickly accounted for elsewhere in the neighborhood, unaware of the fire. The owners were not at home and out of town. Fire did extend into the flood and a wall space above the basement, but was quickly controlled.

One firefighter was injured while fighting the fire when he was struck in the head by falling debris, even though he was wearing full protective gear, including his helmet. He was transported to the hospital for evaluation and was released.

Crews were on scene for approximately one hour. No mutual aid was required. Firefighters managed the heat/humidity without incident, using coolers of water they carry on the fire trucks, plus offers from neighbors. They also set up a fan in a shaded area across the street to take brief breaks as crews rotated in and out of the house.

Extent of Damage: Moderate
Estimated Dollar Loss: $15,000
Injuries: 1 Firefighter