January 31, 2011
Fire claims home
Deployed mother learns of loss through Red Cross
By DANIELLE RUSH
Tribune staff writer
Kokomo — The husband and children of a
soldier deployed in Afghanistan are without a home today.
A fire destroyed their house Monday
Kokomo firefighters were called to the
home, in the 400 block of West Jefferson Street, just after noon.
Battalion Chief Doug Thomas said the rear
half of the house was fully involved, but firefighters were able to
prevent the fire from moving into the front half of the house.
Homeowner Steve Lamberson was the only
person home at the time, and he was out of the house when the
“We were able to save the dogs that were in
the house,” Thomas said.
He said investigators had not determined a
cause of the fire, which started in the kitchen.
Lamberson and his father, Steve Lamberson
Sr., watched from the street as firefighters used ladders to climb in
through the second-story bedroom windows, as smoke billowed from the
Lamberson said he had been melting grease
on top of the stove and stepped away just long enough to dress for
work. When he returned to the kitchen, he found it on fire.
He said his four kids, ages 8, 11, 12 and
15, were all at school.
Steve Lamberson Sr. said his son’s wife,
Michelle, is in Afghanistan, serving with the U.S. Army. He said they
would send a Red Cross message to her, alerting her about what
One firefighter was injured fighting the
fire. Thomas said the injured firefighter suffered second-degree burns
to his face from the heat of the fire.
Thomas said the Red Cross had been in
contact with the Lamberson family to assist them.
• Danielle Rush is the Kokomo Tribune
education reporter. She can be reached at 765-454-8585 or