FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Around 4 a.m. May 18, the Springfield Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 1300 block of West Tampa Avenue with reports of multiple residents possibly still inside the home. Firefighters arrived to find the home with heavy smoke and fire conditions. Firefighters located one victim still inside the home during search-and-rescue operations. Another individual self-extricated from the home prior to firefighters’ arrival. Both individuals were provided care by firefighters and EMS on scene and were taken to Mercy Hospital. One individual is listed in critical condition and the other is in stable condition.
The fire remains under investigation by the Bureau of Fire Prevention. Additional information will be released as soon as it is available.
Working smoke alarms save lives. Smoke alarms should be installed and maintained in every sleeping room, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including your basement. If you need assistance with replacement of your battery or need a new smoke alarm, please contact the Springfield Fire Department at 417-874-2300. Batteries and smoke alarms are installed by your firefighters free of charge.