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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Deployed soldier’s home burns in Hannibal

  • As she watched heavy, brown smoke roll out of her 1719 Grace St. home in Hannibal Monday afternoon, Lara Daugherty’s thoughts were thousands of miles away.


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  • As she watched heavy, brown smoke roll out of her 1719 Grace St. home in Hannibal Monday afternoon, Lara Daugherty’s thoughts were thousands of miles away.
    “My husband is deployed in Afghanistan. I don’t know what I’m going to tell him. We now have nothing,” said Daugherty as tears filled her eyes.
    Joby Daughterty, a soldier in the U.S. Army, has been gone since June 22, according to his wife.
    Also impacted by the smoky blaze were Daughterty’s two children. According to their grandfather, Jim Bridges, her daughter’s 10-year-old son was at school when the fire broke out while a 4-year-old daughter was at day care.
    “Their rooms went up in flames,” said Daugherty, who asked that anyone wishing to contribute to the family’s needs contact the American Red Cross.
    “It’s a sad day,” said Jim Bridges, who has owned the Grace Street property with his wife, Jan, for from 10 to 15 years. Bridges said his daughter and her family have lived in the residence for a little over a year.
    “Thank God nobody got hurt,” said Jan Bridges.
    Next door neighbor Bill Cummings, 1717 Grace St., discovered the fire.
    “I heard a smoke alarm and saw smoke. That’s when I called 911,” he said.
    As he watched firemen drag hose into the residence, Jim Bridges said he had “no clue” how the fire started. According to Assistant Fire Chief Sean Hampton, early indications were that it appeared the blaze started in the basement. He added a fire investigator would be called to the scene to help determine a cause.
    Fire Chief Bill Madore was pleased with his firefighters’ efforts.
    “When I first arrived we had a lot of smoke. It looked like it was really going to get going,” he said. “The guys did a great job.”
    Fire personnel were still on the scene over three hours later.
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