Area author shares story of Wooldridge fire

Courtesy Cooper County Fire Protection District: 
After standing for decades, the Wooldridge village sign was the first thing that burned in a fire in 2022.
Courtesy Cooper County Fire Protection District: After standing for decades, the Wooldridge village sign was the first thing that burned in a fire in 2022.

More than a year ago, a devastating fire destroyed half a town northwest of Jefferson City.

The Wooldridge fire was "the largest mutual aid fire incident in the history of Missouri," according to author Tim Scherrer. A total of 161 firefighters from 63 departments responded to the call.

"Half the Town Burned: The Great Wooldridge Fire of 2022" digs into the complex details of what happened that day, sharing firsthand accounts of the 46 people Scherrer interviewed, from the residents impacted to the first responders and key leaders.

Scherrer had never been to Wooldridge before the fire, but he pulled together a group of students, alumni and parents from Father Tolton Catholic High School, where he is currently employed, to visit after the fire.

After hearing about the details of that day, he decided it was a story that needed to be shared.

The book was published Oct. 22, 2023, on the one-year anniversary of the fire. Scherrer had a release event where he had a reunion of sorts for the people who were displaced and the first responders.

This is the fifth book Scherrer has published.

"Half the Town Burned" is available at Downtown Book & Toy and online on Amazon and the publisher's website, lulu.com.

  photo  Submitted image - "Half the Town Burned: The Great Wooldridge Fire of 2022" by Tim Scherrer.
 
 

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