Fire destroys vacant log cabin in Cape Girardeau County

Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Vickie Slinkard, right, hugs daughter Chariti Lillibridge as they watch the historic log cabin they were restoring burn to the ground on Tuesday, August 31, 2010, on County Road 332. Jackson, Gordonville, Millersville, and Whitewater firefighters responded to the fire around 2:30 p.m. No one was injured. (Kristin Eberts)

Gordonville firefighters spent just more than three hours fighting a fire Tuesday that started in a log cabin being renovated on County Road 332. Jackson, Millersville and Whitewater fire crews also responded to the fire that broke out around 2:30 p.m.

The fire was so intense, according to Randy Morris Jr., Gordonville Fire Department chief, that firefighters couldn't attack the fire from the interior and had to fight it from the outside of the structure.

Jackson, Gordonville, Millersville, and Whitewater firefighters work at the scene of a fire at a log cabin that was being restored on County Road 332 that started around 2:30 p.m. No one was injured. (Kristin Eberts)

The log cabin was vacant, and no one was injured.

The cabin's owner told Morris the family was in the midst of renovations, including running new wires through the structure and staining the wood floors.

Most likely it was an electrical fire, Morris said, but the department is still investigating.

Due to a string of fires determined as arson in Cape Girardeau County, sheriff's deputies were sent to the scene, according to Lt. David James. But James said they don't think the fire is related to five structure fires in the county this summer.

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