Mt. Vernon Register-News

November 22, 2013

Bonnie woman loses home in fire


---- — BONNIE — Bonnie resident Pamela Bain lost her home and several pets Wednesday in a major structure fire in the 6100 block of North Reardon Lane.

Bain herself was not seriously injured, but her residence was a total loss. She is now staying in a trailer, also located on her Reardon Lane property.

The fire consumed Bain's small home quickly and the structure was already destroyed by the time firefighters came on scene.

Bain was able to escape the residence, but lost one dog and about five cats in the blaze. There were no other people living at the home.

“I woke up and there was this fire on top of the ceiling, down the side of the wall, all the way around me,” Bain said. “I jumped up and I said, 'come on, guys, let's get out of here.' I grabbed my purse and (went) out the door.”

The Jefferson Fire Protection District received the fire call at 4:35 p.m. and arrived on scene at 4:47 p.m.

By that time, Bain's primary house was no longer standing. However, there was also a trailer and a storage shed on the property that were on fire when rescuers arrived. These structures were mostly destroyed.

The trailer where Bain is now staying is about 50 feet away from the fire site and was not damaged by the blaze.

“When we arrived on scene, the structure that she was living in was already gone,” said Capt. Conan King of the JFPD. “There were a couple wall studs standing, that was it.”

Firefighters had the blaze under control by about 5:20 p.m. and had cleared the scene by 7:06 p.m.

The JFPD received mutual aid assistance from Webber Fire Protection District and the Waltonville Fire Department. In total, there were about 25 firemen on scene, King said.

An ambulance was also called to the site after Bain experienced difficulty breathing. However, she declined treatment, King said.

Authorities are not sure where the fire originated from and the cause is “undetermined,” King said. The home was uninsured.

Bain is receiving help from the American Red Cross in the form of food, clothing and a “comfort kit” with toiletries and other necessities, said Cynthia Coughlin, a Red Cross volunteer.

“We try our hardest to see they get what they need,” Coughlin said. “We want to make sure we assist our client as best we can.”

Bain said losing her home was a traumatic experience.

“You do go into shock,” Bain said. “You could be the smartest person on this earth, but if something like that hits you, you will go into shock. I don't care who you are.”