Update: Fund set up for Malcolm house fire victims

By: Hannah Paczkowski

UPDATE: The Sampson family is in need of help to demolish what's left of the house. A fund has been set up at Wells Fargo bank, any branch.  The Sampsons say any money left over will be given to the Malcolm Fire Dept.

Fire officials still do not have a cause for the fire.


Early Wednesday morning, Charles Sampson woke up to a terrifying sight. The house he owned,  next door, was going up in flames.

“I could see it from my front room window that the back of the house was on fire,” he said.

Soon the home was engulfed in flames. Firefighters had to battle the blaze from the outside.

“It was too involved to send anybody in it and we were told it was vacant so we didn't make an interior attack on it,” Chief of the Malcolm Fire Department Dale Heidtbrink said.

Less than 24 hours earlier, Sampson told police the tenants of the house he rented to, were evicted.

Fire officials said the house is a total loss, and all that's left of the home is a pile of ash and rubble. The damage is estimated to be about $61 thousand. Sampson said the house wasn't insured, but he's hoping officials can figure out how the blaze started.

“No sense getting too emotional over it now, it's gone,” he said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The State Fire Marshal's office said it could take weeks to get down to the bottom of this blaze.