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Lamar Early Morning House Fire Under Investigation

Authorities say four people were taken to the hospital for possible smoke inhalation.
LAMAR, MO.--- An early morning house fire in Lamar sends four people to the hospital. The blaze started around 4:10 this morning at a mobile home at 1701 Cherry Street. Helen Shepard, 62, was transported to Mercy Hospital in Joplin for smoke inhalation. Brent Louthi, 21, and two other females ages 15 and 13 were also seen for medical treatment. Officials say the house was a total loss. Lamar and Jasper County fire crews spent more than five hours trying to put the fire out. 
  
"Pretty well destroyed the building and the state fire marshal was called in, and at this point, it's being treated as a suspicious fire and under investigation," says Lynn Calton, Lamar City Manager.

The fire was reported by a neighbor. It is unclear at this time what started the fire.

There was another house fire in Lamar, but across town on Maple Street. That fire started at 11:30 yesterday morning, and fortunately no one was injured. Lamar firefighters say the cause of fire started in the couch. Right now the fire is under investigation, but fire crews are treating it as an accident.
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