Christmas morning house fire in Hannibal leaves two homeless

Posted: Dec. 26, 2013 12:31 pm Updated: Jan. 16, 2014 1:15 pm

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- A Christmas morning fire left two Hannibal residents without a home and belongings. No one was injured.

The Hannibal Fire Department was dispatched to the single-story house at 1719 Chestnut, off Market Street, at 10:43 a.m., and 13 firefighters fought the fire for three hours.

Fire Chief Bill Madore said the cause of the fire was electrical nature. The residents, Albert Whittaker and Kathleen Frieden, had been thawing out pipes at the back of the house when the fire started.

Whittaker and Frieden are being assisted by the local chapter of the American Red Cross, Madore said.

The house is owned by Maryanne Hoage, the fire chief said.