[portfolio_slideshow]By Matt Kelton Pioneer Sentinel
A Clay County woman will stay with relatives tonight after a Friday afternoon structure fire heavily damaged her home and leveled two vacant houses.
Patricia Wade was not home when the fire broke out on her property in the 400 block of Sue Lane, near the Wichita County line. The fire was reported at about 4 p.m. when a neighbor saw smoke rising from a dilapidated trailer house on the property.
Fire spread north from the trailer house to a vacant frame house before threatening the mobile home in which Wade lives. Both structures burned to the ground.
Another dilapidated trailer house, located behind the frame house, also was threatened.
The fire burned under Wade’s house, and into the south wall. Heat from the frame house caused siding on Wade’s house to blister. Fire fighters tore into the exterior wall to extinguish smoldering insulation, and managed to save the house. The mobile home sustained water and smoke damage.
Clay County Deputy Kirk Horton said two dogs and a parakeet were rescued from Wade’s home. Horton said the sheriff’s office has contacted Red Cross to see if the organization can provide assistance for Wade.
Wade, who lives alone, did not have insurance, said Horton.
Volunteers from the Dean-Dale, Jolly and Wichita East fire departments responded.
What caused the fire is unknown.