Family displaced after slow response time allows home to go up in flames

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by Brittany Noble / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 24 at 8:37 AM

 (KMOV) --A house burned down in Washington Park on Sunday but slow response time has the family upset and without a place to call home. 

The home on the 1400 block of 46th Street was destroyed by the flames and the family was displaced shortly after 10 a.m.

In July, Washington Park Village leaders laid off seven paid firefighters. Now it takes the volunteer staff 30 minutes or more to respond to a fire.

 “Basically me, myself, I was at home. By the time I get home, get dressed, drive to the station, get the truck, the truck get to the scene, takes quite a minute,” said volunteer firefighter Dontay Brooks.

The Moore family says that could have made the difference in saving their home.

News 4 reporter Brittany Noble asked, “if the city had not made the cuts do you think the house would’ve burned down?”

“Correct. We would have been there no more than three minutes,” Brooks said.

The Red Cross helped the Moore’s initially by placing them in a hotel, now they are looking for a place to call home by Wednesday morning.

“The boys and I have nothing, no clothes, no food, no home, it pissed me off, I’m not going to lie,” said Veronica Moore.

After placing several calls in to the Village Mayor’s office, Mayor Angie Rodgers’ secretary referred all questions to the City Attorney who was not available for comment. 

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