The Superior Express -

Fire drives family of 4 from their rural home


April 23, 2020

Members of the Superior Volunteer Fire Department responded to a house fire Friday evening. It is the home of Richard and Heather Watson and is located between Hardy and Superior on the south side of Highway 8. The fire started when a house cat jumped onto a table where a candle was burning and an occupant of the house was using fingernail polish remover. Somehow the highly flammable substance connected with candle and ignited.

Late Friday afternoon members of the Superior Volunteer Fire Department responded to a house fire at 4037 Road B. Road B is the former route of Highway 3S. It is located south of the current Highway 8 and the former Burlington railroad line. Prior to the fire, the Richard Watson family of four called the well-maintained house their home. All occupants of the house escaped without injury and the family pets were saved though Heather Watson was treated at Brodstone Hospital for smoke inhalation.

The interior of Richard and Heather Watson's home was badly damaged after a fire exploded inside the home Friday evening. The fire was caused when a cat jumped onto a table where a candle and fingernail polish remover connected.

When the fire started, Katelynn was doing her nails. It is thought a cat jumped on the table and knocked over either a bottle of polish remover or a burning candle and the room exploded into fire.

There was extensive damage. A four to five-foot hole was burned in the living room and there was smoke and water damage throughout.

Smoke was pouring from the attic windows when this newspaper's photographer arrived.

The family's Shitzu named Cooper was found hiding under a bed and removed from the house.

The American Red Cross responded and provided assistance to the family.

Richard said he was leaving work and heading home when he spoke with his wife, Heather, and learned the house was on fire. Though he sped home, he said it was a long drive.


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