Jasper Fire Marshal Brandon Duckworth said Wednesday that he is continuing to investigate and trying to determine the cause of a weekend fire that destroyed a home in Jasper. It happened on Sunday afternoon on Kelly Street, behind Grease Monkey just off of Highway 190. The one-story wood frame structure was completely destroyed as a result of the blaze.
Meanwhile, Jasper firefighters were called out again to the house at about 2:00 Wednesday morning when a police officer on patrol noticed that the fire had rekindled in a storage shed next to the house.
As for a cause of the original fire, Duckworth said that he is looking very closely at a power pole next to the house which had fallen. Duckworth said he’s trying to determine if the pole initially fell and caused the fire, or if it fell as a result of the fire. According to Duckworth, electricity was running to the pole and then to the weather-head on the house, but the electric meter had been pulled so no power was reaching into the home.
Duckworth also said that he’ll be looking at video from various security cameras in the area.
Duckworth said he’s also trying to determine exactly who owned the home, which was vacant at the time of the blaze. He said it is listed as the estate of one particular person, but he has also turned up two other names as possible owners.
If you have any information regarding the fire, call Fire Marshal Brandon Duckworth’s cell phone at 409-224-4026 or his office phone at 409-383-6103. You do not have to give your name.