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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Neighbors rescue woman from fire

  • At 3:36 a.m. Saturday, April 26, the Hannibal Rural Fire Protection District firefighters were called to the report of a house fire at 31 Sherwood Estates Lane. Fire Chief Michael J. Dobson provided the following report of the fire.
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  • At 3:36 a.m. Saturday, April 26, the Hannibal Rural Fire Protection District firefighters were called to the report of a house fire at 31 Sherwood Estates Lane. Fire Chief Michael J. Dobson provided the following report of the fire.
    The initial report indicated that the occupant was still inside. As a result of a life safety issue Hannibal Fire Department was requested to respond as well. Fortunately, upon arrival the occupant, Mary Lou Callicott, was sitting on the front porch of her neighbor’s house.
    Hannibal firefighters ladder 3 arrived first and its crew forced the front door and knocked down the fire that had originated in the living room just inside the front door and began ventilation of the home.
    Hannibal Rural Fire Protection District firefighters arrived and pulled a second line to the front door and joined in determining if the fire had spread beyond the living room. Marion County EMS arrived on the scene and started medical care for Mrs. Callicott, who had suffered from smoke inhalation and was transported by ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital.
    Upon investigation it was discovered that Mrs. Callicott had been at her bedroom window yelling for help, which had disturbed neighborhood dogs and caused the next door neighbors, Frank and Jennie Miller of 30 Sherwood Estates Lane, to come out to investigate. They discovered smoke coming from a second story window with Mrs. Callicott in the window yelling for help.
    Mr. Miller used a ladder from his garage and raised it to the window, allowing Mrs. Callicott to climb down to safety before firefighters arrived. Mrs. Miller placed the call to Marion County 911. The firefighters praised the Millers for being heroes and they stated, “We are just good neighbors”.
    The state fire marshal was called to investigate the fire that was limited to the living room area of the home. The fire originated around an end table and couch. The fire has been ruled accidental with the cause still under investigation. The rest of the home received moderate smoke damage and a small amount of water damage. Firefighters were on the scene for about four hours. There were no firefighter injuries.
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