A Tuesday morning fire in the Rudd’s Crossing community has left a rural home burned after multiple area volunteer firefighters battled the blaze for hours.
The incident came across the Columbia County dispatch airwaves at roughly 10 a.m. Tuesday with a report of a residential fire at 1160 Columbia 27 S. The address is located approximately 3.5 miles west of Magnolia’s city limits.
Rudd’s Crossing Volunteer Fire Department was the first agency notified. Mt. Vernon Volunteer Fire Department, Waldo Fire Department, and Bussey-Sharman Volunteer Fire Department were all called to the scene shortly thereafter for aid.
Flames first began at the western, interior wing of the home then moved eastward across the home. Once tanker trucks arrived and began to douse the fire, thick smoke began billowing hundreds of feet into the air.
The owner of the 1,516 square-foot, Waldo-addressed home is listed as Jodi Lynn Bearden, according to Columbia County property records. No one was hurt in the incident.
“The homeowners were away at the time,” said a Tuesday Mt. Vernon VFD social media update. “The fire appears to be electrical but will be later determined by a certified third-party. There are no reports of injuries at this time.”
Columbia County Ambulance Service, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, and Stamps Fire Department also assisted, according to Mt. Vernon VFD. A call was also made after some time battling the blaze for two Magnolia Fire Department officers to help enter the home.
Firefighters cleared the scene just before 3 p.m. Tuesday. The area was roped off with caution tape. The left, front wing and right corridor of the front exterior were still standing after blaze, but most of the interior was completely hollowed and blackened.
“The fire departments were able to recover requested belongings and turned them over to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office,” Mt. Vernon VFD added.