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Realty office wrecked by Thursday fire
DIXON, Mo. (March 27, 2010) — As president of his community’s fire board, Dixon real estate agency owner Arnold Bassett has seen many fires over the years, but late Thursday night, his own business suffered what is believed to be a total loss.

“The whole office is destroyed; there’s a lot of smoke damage to the main office and water damage to the back office and we’ve just about lost everything,” said Mindy Bassett, office manager and realtor at Bassett United Country Realty in Dixon.

Employees at Bassett Realty are working out of their homes, she said, and calls to the main office telephone line are being forwarded to her cell phone.

Arnold Bassett has been a fixture in the Dixon business community for nearly five decades since beginning an insurance agency in 1962 and moving into real estate in 1966. In addition to serving as president of the Dixon Rural Fire Protection District board of directors, he’s been president of the Pulaski County Board of Realtors and has been a board member for the local water district, chamber of commerce and Lion’s Club in Dixon,

Mindy Bassett said the real estate agency will reopen and its location will remain in Dixon.

“We are trying to set up a temporary office just as soon as possible, but anytime they need to reach us they can still call the business line and I’ll get the call,” she said.

A damage estimate isn’t available yet, Bassett said, but the office was insured. Bassett said she’s been told by Dixon firefighters that the blaze broke out about 11 p.m. and was caused by electrical problems. Dixon firefighters received mutual aid assistance from Crocker firefighters; Dixon police and Dixon Ambulance District personnel also assisted at the scene.

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