BY MELANIE BUCK –
A wooden structured home was deemed a total loss following a fire Tuesday night [January 5th, 2016] in the Potter community. After receiving the emergency call at 8:43 p.m., members of the Potter Volunteer Fire Department responded and later received mutual aid from Hatfield Volunteer Fire Department to fight the blaze on the 4800 block of Hwy. 375 West, between Old Potter and New Potter. Polk County Emergency Management, Sheriff’s Deputies, and Southwest EMS also responded to the scene.
Firefighters were able to keep the fire away from other close structures that were also threatened by the blaze. The cause of the fire has been listed as possibly electrical in nature. The home’s resident, Rose Branch, was said to have made it out safely.
A benefit account has been set up at Union Bank for Rose Branch, who lost all of her belongings in the fire. Her granddaughter, Tori Stockton said, “Any donations would be greatly appreciated. She lost everything. She had some priceless stuff in there.”