Updated: Wanda Tate family home incurs $35,000 damage from Monday’s fire

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — (Updated Tuesday, 9:45 a.m.) A fire destroyed the home of Wanda Tate at 2223 E. Lincoln Monday afternoon. The Wellington Police Department is estimating the damage at $35,000.Wellington Fire Chief Tim Hay said a grease fire in the kitchen caused the house at the Hamel addition in southeast Wellington to eventually be engulfed in flames. At about 4 p.m. Hay said a family member was heating the oven to cook fish and temporarily left the kitchen. When the person returned the kitchen cabinets and wall surface were on fire.“There were three or four people in the house at the time,” Hay said. “They escaped unharmed.”At 4:12 p.m. 12 firefighters from the Wellington, Mayfield and Belle Plaine Fire Departments arrived on the scene at the East Lincoln home at the Hamel addition in southeast Wellington and found the one-story house with heavy smoke and fire showing from the rear of the home.As firefighters began their attack through the front door, flames extended through the door and front windows.They worked their way through the home. The fire had extended into the attic and a hole had to be cut in the side of the house to apply water into the attic area.During the operation an unnamed firefighter fell from a ladder and received an injury to the foot. He was taken to Sumner Regional Medical Center and released. Hay said a hose line may have knocked the ladder down for which the firefighter was perched at the time.The fire was declared under control at 5:57 p.m. The firefighters eventually left the scene at 6:37 p.m.It was a hectic day for emergency personnel. During the incident, firefighters also responded to two medical calls and the transfer was referred to Belle Plaine EMS.There was extensive fire and smoke damage throughout the home. Hay said he did not know if the house was salvageable, but at the minimum it will take extensive repairs. The home was uninsured.The American Red Cross is assisting the family.“They are staying with family,” Hay said of Tate and her family members, who were uprooted due to the fire.People can log onto http://www.gofundme.com/ew5vuc to make a donation.On the website it states:“Our mother/grandmother Wanda has tragically lost her home and all of her beloved possessions in a fire that destroyed all she had. Please stand with our family as we begin the process of rebuilding and providing for her financial needs during this difficult time. She has been our strength for countless years, now it is our turn to be hers. Please continue to keep her in your prayers.Many blessings,The Tate Family” House fire at 2223 E. Lincoln Ave.Family and friends look on as WFD fighters put out the blaze.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (6) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +6 Vote up Vote down Anonymous · 307 weeks ago A fund account has been set up to help her rebuild. http://www.gofundme.com/ew5vuc Report Reply 0 replies · active 307 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down Jay · 307 weeks ago I may be a bit biased bc this is my grandmother and one of the most remarkable, and influential people in my life. It truly hurts to see this wonderful lady go thru the pain and agony of losing everything. Grandma (Wanda) raised her children, grandchildren, some greats and a few great greats at this location. I know god will never put her thru anything you she can’t handle but she is in desperate need of assistance. If there is anything this community can do to help it would be greatly be appreciated. Grandma has lost everything so anything helps, it’s truly not just about money. If you are interested in donating home items you can contact my at [email protected] We are here for you grandma, love you much, your favorite, g-son! Report Reply 1 reply · active 307 weeks ago +19 Vote up Vote down concerned · 307 weeks ago The Mission Trift Shop in Wellington is willing to have her come in and get clothes, dishes, and other things she might need. Report Reply +8 Vote up Vote down Lili Clark · 307 weeks ago Wanda…I too went through the experience of a house fire. I know very well what you are going through and my heart goes out to you. Praise God that the angels guided all the people out of the house so that no one got hurt or killed. May God give you strength during this very difficult time. Love, Lil Report Reply 0 replies · active 307 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Local Citizen · 307 weeks ago How and where can a person make a household donation? My wife and I have a spare sofa that could be used if Wanda would like it. It is not new but still has some use. Report Reply 0 replies · active 307 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down aaronploss 53p · 275 weeks ago I hope she is doing better, is there any updates? Report Reply 0 replies · active 275 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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