Fire damages rental house, occupants uninjured


A fire that broke out about 4:15 p.m. Monday did extensive damage to a home rented to a family by the Douglas Community Historical Association. Dale Jordan, chief of Fire District 1, said the fire damaged a bedroom on the upper floor of a two-story home next to the historic Douglas church. There was also smoke and water damage to the rest of the house. The cause was still under investigationas of Tuesday.

No one was injured, Jordan said. “A couple of people were home but they got out fine,” he said. He does not know the names of the occupants.

Walt Gearhart with the Douglas Community Historical Association said the fire was in what was known as the new parsonage, which was built in 1948. He declined to say who lived in the rental house but said it was a family and they are staying in another home owned by the association.