Neighbors help family rebuild after fire

Family, friends and neighbors are pitching in Friday after a Kingdom City woman lost her fiancee and her home to a fire.

Betty Redmon's home, which was part of the old Roger's Towing building on Old Highway 40, was destroyed in a fire late Thursday night that claimed the life of her fiancee, William Reeg. Redmon was able to escape the blaze. Officials told KRCG on Friday they had "a couple ideas" as to what caused the fire but would not say what they thought the cause was.

B.J. Baysinger, a longtime friend of Redmon's, said neighbors started pitching in to help almost immediately. He called the response "amazing" and said the Redmons would do the same for their neighbors. He said he only met Reeg once but Reeg struck him as "a super nice guy." Reeg was a truck driver by trade. His truck had been moved to the Kingdom City Hall during the fire. Kingdom City officials said Redmon collected Reeg's belongings out of the truck Friday morning. The couple had planned to marry on Oct. 25.

Sgt. Clay Chism of the Callaway County Sheriff's Office said it will be 2-4 days before investigators can fully assess the scene because hot spots were still smoldering on Friday. Pieces of the building continued to fall off while KRCG was there.

Baysinger has already donated clothing to the family, which he said the Redmons need most of all right now. According to a post on Kingdom City's Facebook page, the family requires the following items:

Size XL shirts

Size XXL pants

Size XL men's shorts

Size 40x30 men's jeans

Women's size 8.5 shoes

Men's size 13 shoes

Donations can be made at the Kingdom City Hall on Old U.S. 40 or at the Wright Brothers Store in Calwood.