Laundry fire heavily damages Phoenix home

A fire suspected of starting in a dryer heavily damaged a Phoenix home Tuesday evening.

The fire at 111 W. Sixth St. was reported at 7:23 p.m. and Jackson County Fire District No. 5 firefighters found smoke and fire rolling through about half of the single-story home, Fire Chief Dan Marshall said.

The woman who lived there and her two children escaped safely, as did another woman and her two children who were visiting, he said.

Firefighters quickly knocked down the fire, which had started in the laundry room. Marshall said the exact cause is still under investigation, but the fire likely started at the dryer. It was discovered when the woman went to do another load of laundry and was greeted by smoke and flames when she opened the laundry room door.

The home, valued at about $250,000, was insured and the family had friends to stay with, Marshall said. An insurance company will help evaluate the home to see if the damage from flames, smoke and water can be repaired.

— Anita Burke

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