According to Dexter Fire Chief Don Seymore, his department was summoned to 212 Adams Drive around 4:30 a.m. They arrived moments later to find the north end of the brick and frame ranch-style home totally engulfed in flames.
The fire, which Seymore said started in a bedroom at the north end, gutted that end of the home. The entire structure sustained heavy damage.
Living at the home were 70-year-old Amy Clark, and her 41-year-old son, John Clark. Amy Clark suffered smoke inhalation and was transported by ambulance to Missouri Southern Healthcare for treatment. Her son sustained second and third degree burns to his hands and arms while attempting to extinguish the initial flames with a garden hose. He was taken by ambulance to Dexter Airport and was airlifted from there to a St. Louis hospital for treatment.
It was unclear this morning, Seymore stated, whether or not the home was equipped with functioning smoke alarms. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
Eighteen firefighters responded to the blaze. Firefighters remained on the scene on Adams Drive until 6:45 a.m.