At 8:23 pm the Lawrence County Dispatch received a call reporting a structure fire at 726 Hwy 117. Initial reports were a structure fire stating the occupants were in the process of escaping the burning home.

The Smithville Fire Department responded with two trucks and within minutes requested assistance from the Strawberry Fire Department. A medical unit in the area notified fire fighters that the structure was estimated to be 50 % engulfed with flames coming through the roof. Fire fighters on scene stated the residence belonged to Jim Durham and everyone made it out of the structure safely.

At 8:48 pm the Lynn Fire Department was requested to bring a tanker with water, Lynn units responded with water and manpower to assist. The cause of the fire is not known at this time.