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NEW INFORMATION: Child Playing with Lighter Caused Fire on W. Mount Vernon

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Fire officials have announced that a fire on Mount Vernon Street was caused by a child playing with a lighter. The fire that ignited the home into flames began in a bedroom where two adults were sleeping. An investigation determined the fire was caused when an unattended child ignited bedding materials with a long stemmed lighter. The fire was classified as accidental, there was no smoke alarm in the home.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Fire officials have announced that a fire on Mount Vernon Street was caused by a child playing with a lighter.  The fire that ignited the home into flames began in a bedroom where two adults were sleeping.

An investigation determined the fire was caused when an unattended child ignited bedding materials with a long stemmed lighter. The fire was classified as accidental, there was no smoke alarm in the home. 

Officials say the home was moderately damaged, the estimated value of the damage is $40,000. 

There were six people in the home at the time the fire started, three children, whose ages are 1, 3, and 5 years, and one adult escaped the home uninjured. Two other adults suffered serious burns and were transported to Mercy Hospital. A 31 year old male is in critical condition and a 28 year old female is in serious condition. 



SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Fire crews were called to 2105 W. Mount Vernon Street around 2 p.m. this afternoon after receiving word of a house fire. 

Upon arrival Springfield fire officials located two adults in the front yard, both suffering from severe burns. 

In total, two adults and three children were taken to a local hospital as a result of the fire.

Officials have not officially released the information about the conditions of the injured at this time, but according to a post on the Springfield Fire Department's Facebook page, the three children are at a hospital for observation, but no apparent injuries. The two adults were admitted to Mercy Burn Unit.

Witnesses told KOLR10's Laura Kennedy, who is on scene, they heard an explosion. However, the firefighters don't know if an explosion caused the fire or was just a result of the fire.

Firefighters at the scene said they believe they have accounted for everyone in the single-family dwelling and are working to determine a cause of the blaze.

Due to the fire, W. Mount Vernon is closed in both directions at the 2100 block (just west of Kansas Expressway).

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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