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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Fire destroys Birmingham-Martin Funeral Home in Dixon

  • A funeral home in Dixon that has been standing for almost 40 years was destroyed by a fire late Wednesday night.
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  • A funeral home in Dixon that has been standing for almost 40 years was destroyed by a fire late Wednesday night.
    Crews from the Dixon Rural Fire Department and Crocker Protection Fire District responded to the blaze at Birmingham-Martin Funeral Home, located at 105 E. Third St. in Dixon, at around 11:10 p.m. Wednesday.
    Joshua Hall, of Crocker Fire Protection District, said that the initial page for firefighters was for a vehicle fire in the carport area of the funeral home.
    Within a short time after that page was sent, the fire spread to the funeral home. Hall said crews worked more than five hours on the scene.
    Pulaski County Sheriff Ron Long said the state fire marshal is investigating cause of the fire that witnesses said started in the carport area of the building.
    Mike O’Connell, communications director with the Missouri Department of Public Safety, said that the cause is listed as undetermined due to the amount of damage.
    A representative from the funeral home said the building is a "total loss" at this time, but funeral services will continue to operate at Birmingham-Martin's other location in Vienna, which can be reached through the Dixon location's number.
    Birmingham-Martin Funeral Home has been operating in Dixon since 1905. The funeral home building that was destroyed in Wednesday night's fire was built in June 1976, according to Birmingham-Martin funeral home director.
    Birmingham-Martin Funeral Home owners’ statement
    David and Gloria Martin, owners of Birmingham-Martin Funeral Home, issued the following statement following the fire at their Dixon location:
    “It is with a grateful heart we want to extend our appreciation and thanks to the Dixon and Crocker fire departments for the professional job they did in containing the fire at our Dixon location on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.
    “We also are grateful for the help and support shown by the Dixon Police, the Dixon Ambulance and the timely manner the State Fire Marshal was on scene. Thanks to all who have called and shown their support.
    “At this time the cause of the fire is still under investigation by the fire marshal, but we want to assure everyone the business will continue and all records are in a safe central location, and we will continue to serve the Dixon community with the same personal and sincere service as always but at a temporary location in Dixon.
    “If you have any questions or concerns, please call 573-759-6000.”

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