Central Point house fire damages front end of structure

Central Point house fire damages front end of structure

A significant portion of a Central Point home burned up this morning after the home's single occupant heard what sounded like an explosion, followed by flames and smoke on the front portion of the home.

Frances Gilchrist, who has lived in the home on the 2100 block of Lotus Lane since 1954, said she was in the kitchen getting ready for the day at about 8:30 a.m. when she heard a small explosion near the front door. She went to see what the noise was and saw smoke billowing about the room.

She called 9-1-1 and left the house. She said she heard a second bang as she was leaving.

"The house just filled with smoke," Gilchrist said.

She feels fortunate to have gotten out without injury.

Jackson County Fire District No. 3 division chief Dave Blakely said the cause is still under investigation. Gilchrist said there were two boxes on the front porch, but that they contained only her husband's hunting socks and a container of juice.

The main part of the fire was contained to the front portion of the house and put out quickly.

"There's some pretty significant damage to the front side of it," Blakely said.

— Ryan Pfeil

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