Officials with the Missouri State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Marion County Sheriff’s Department are investigating a house fire in Hannibal that left a Bowling Green Middle School basketball coach homeless.
According to Hannibal Rural Fire Department Chief Mike Dobson, around 6:30 on Monday evening a 911 call was placed regarding the south side of a duplex within the 700 block of Head Lane in Hannibal being engulfed in flames. The property was home to sisters, Angel Minter and Heather Minter, a former Bowling Green High School Varsity Girls Basketball Coach and current Bowling Green Middle School basketball coach.
Heather Minter also works as a Juvenile Officer with the Pike County Juvenile Office.
Heather Minter was not home at the time of the fire, according to sources. Angel Minter was home at the time of the fire.
“Flames were coming from out of the front window of the home,” Dobson said in a telephone interview with the Bowling Green Times. “The bulk of the fire was contained within the first 20 minutes of us being on the scene.”
The rural fire chief said the heat from the fire was melting the siding of an adjacent home. Dobson remained at the scene as of 10 p.m.
Dobson declined to comment further as he said the investigation into the origins of the fire were ongoing as of press time.
As news of the fire spread, colleagues of Heather Minter are rallying to support her and her sister. According to Bowling Green R-I School District faculty member Becky Orf, she will be accepting donations on behalf of the sisters. Information regarding clothing sizes and other needed items will be announced at a later time.