Spirit of the Tri-States: Emotional loss of devastating house fires

Anna Sutton lost everything in this Quincy house fire last month

Tri-State residents often times hear about house fires, but they don't always hear about the emotion associated with the devastation.

This Spirit of the Tri-States Report brought to you by Continental Cement and Green America Recycling has a Quincy family's story of loss, and how local firefighters cope with that loss.

Anna Sutton and her family lost everything in a Quincy house fire last month.

However, she's quick to thank the community for their generosity not to mention the firefighters who tried to save her home and her belongings.

"It was a very overwhelming situation," she explained. "People were asking me what happened. Nobody could tell what had happened. The fire department said it was undetermined. There was too much damage. They couldn't tell what had happened."

Quincy Fire Chief Joe Henning said firefighters train monthly on firefighting tactics and strategies.

He said extreme heat and opened doors in a structure can make firefighting even more difficult.

"They work really hard to try to get in there to get the fire extinguished quickly, but things don't always work out the way we want them to," Henning explained. "It's really difficult to see homeowners lose their belongings when we've done everything we can. Unfortunately, fire spreads quickly."

Chief Henning said the Quincy Fire Department is working with the American Red Cross to install up to three smoke detectors in homes free of charge.

Just call the fire department at (217) 228-4459 for more information.

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