WEBSTER COUNTY, Mo. — A child has died after a trailer home caught fire in Webster County on Monday, Jan. 11.
According to Chief Rich Stirts of the Logan-Rogersville Fire Protection District, they got to the scene off Route B and Ozark Church Road near Strafford at 1:30 p.m.
“It’s a seven to 10-minute response no matter how you drive,” said Stirts. “So knowing there’s a victim in the trailer, the people waiting for us are end nerves, we’re on end nerves trying to get here as fast as we can, trying to save somebody’s life. So that’s the tragic thing that we deal with and the reality of living in a rural area.”
They found the grandfather in the front yard of the home with burns on his lower body. The grandfather told them there was a boy inside the home.
Stirts said the firefighters found two deceased dogs in their first search and later found the 3-year-old boy’s body in the bathroom of the home.
The house suffered “significant damage” and the scene is still under investigation.
“It is sad,” said Stirts. “It’s right after Christmas and New Years’ and the beginning of the year. It’s a terrible way to start out the year for anybody. You can only imagine the grief that the family is going through to lose a child, no matter who you are. A loss of a child is hard on the fireman, it’s hard on the family and it’s hard on police, hard on everybody.”
As of 4 p.m., a coroner is on the scene investigating the death while the fire marshall is investigating the fire.