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Officer rescues mother, child from house on fire in Park Hills Wednesday morning
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Officer rescues mother, child from house on fire in Park Hills Wednesday morning


Emergency personnel responded to a residential fire in Park Hills on Wednesday morning.

The fire began outside the basement garage of a house on the 600 block of Buckley Street sometime between 9-10 a.m.

Park Hills Fire Chief Brad Weiss said the fire started on the exterior of the home, likely near some trash containers, cardboard boxes, and packing materials.

Park Hills Officer Matthew Yetman was the first to arrive on the scene. He checked the residence for occupants and found a woman stuck at the top of her stairs at the rear of the house. He was able to rescue her from the residence and she informed him that her child was still inside. Yetman then went into the residence and rescued the child.

Park Hills Lt. Ellie Tucker arrived on the scene shortly after Yetman. She, along with members of the neighboring Fellowship Freewill Baptist Church, used buckets and water from a neighbor's residence to contain the fire until firefighters arrived.

Firefighters arrived and attacked the fire, which was primarily confined to the exterior of the home, however, Weiss said flames did extend into the basement slightly causing minor damage. He said firefighters forced entry through the garage door into the basement where the small fire was quickly extinguished.

No injuries were reported in the incident and the cause of the fire is officially undetermined. Weiss said the fire did not appear to be suspicious and they believed it was possible that a cigarette could have ignited the boxes and packing materials where it originated.

Assisting the Park Hills Fire Department were firefighters from Desloge, Farmington, Leadington, Leadwood, and Bonne Terre/Big River.

Then on Wednesday afternoon, the same fire departments responded to a fire in the 500 block of South Lincoln Street in Desloge. 

At 3:06 p.m. firefighters were dispatched to a fire after a neighbor noticed smoke coming from a house. The owner was not at home at the time.

When firefighters from the volunteer departments arrived five minutes later, they reported heavy fire in the home. The call was upgraded from a first alarm to a second alarm to get additional manpower.

Desloge Fire Chief Larry Gremminger said the firefighters did a great job of responding and knocking down the fire but the house will probably be a total loss.

Firefighters from De Soto and Wolf Creek were moved up to stations to cover other calls that came in at the time, which included a non-injury accident.

Bobby Radford is a reporter for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at


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