Home destroyed in blaze

Local News

August 1, 2018 - 11:06 AM

For the second time in 11 years, Dennis and Jamie Walden must rebuild.
The Waldens’ home at 710 N. Second St. was destroyed by a fire Tuesday afternoon.
Jamie was the only one home when the fire started.
“The only way I knew something was happening was one of my dogs started barking,” Jamie told the Register in a telephone interview. “I opened the bedroom door and saw the house was full of smoke.”
She immediately evacuated the home with the family’s two dogs and called 911.
Iola firefighters were on the scene within minutes, and knocked down the flames, but much of the home was destroyed by the fire and smoke.
The family was scheduled this morning to meet with their insurance adjustor.
“They think it started in the garage,” Jamie said, although the cause has not yet been determined. “We pretty much lost everything.”
The Walden’s two children were at the swimming pool when the fire occurred.
The Neosho Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross has been in contact with the family, while friends have set up a GoFundMe account.
The Waldens relocated to the house on North Second Street after Iola’s 2007 flood destroyed their home in the Davis Addition.
“We had just bought the home,” Jamie said. “We had made our second mortgage payment when the flood happened.”
Dennis Walden works for the City of Iola’s Street and Alley Department.


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