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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Family displaced by fire

  • The Rolla family displaced by a home fire Sunday is scheduled to move into their new residence today.
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  • The Rolla family displaced by a home fire Sunday is scheduled to move into their new residence today.
    Stephanie A. Edwards, who lived at the home on Stephendale Court off Highway 72 west of South Rolla Street, told The Rolla Daily News Tuesday that her family “lost everything in the fire.”
    The blaze was reported at about 12:30 p.m. Nov. 18. No injuries were reported.
    The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Fire Chief Robert Williams, of the City of Rolla Fire and Rescue, said he believes the blaze started in the back bedroom.
    Edwards, along with her husband Lonell and their three children, Michaela Swift, Marcus Swift and Isaac Foston, rented the home.
    “No one was hurt, but our house was completely destroyed — every single thing we had,” Stephanie Edwards said. “By the grace of God, we’re getting ready to move into our new place (Wednesday).”
    Stephanie Edwards said their possessions melted, burned or sustained smoke damage.
    “It’s unfortunate and upsetting,” she said, noting that she did not have rental insurance.
    Stephanie Edwards said she was not home when the fire started, but instead was at the hospital at the time.
    Her husband and one of her sons were the only ones at the residence when the fire broke out.
    According to Stephanie Edwards, her husband went back into the house to save her computer, but he wasn’t able to save it. However, Lonell made it out safe, with burns on his arm, she said.
    Stephanie Edwards thanked Judy Terry, with the American Red Cross, who helped the family after the fire.
    “She was so amazing and went above and beyond the call of duty,” Stephanie Edwards said of Terry.
    Stephanie Edwards said her family is in need of items for their new home - everything from beds, dressers, kitchen tables and chairs and more.To contact the family, search for Stephanie A Edwards, of Rolla, on Facebook or call her at 573-465-1588.

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