Fire Destroys Homes

March 22, 2023

The Canton, Mo., home of Thornton “Luke” and Audrey Barton was destroyed by fire on March 20. The home was located on Pear Avenue. The home was a total loss. Firefighters also responded to a large grass fire which was happening about the same time at a different location.

A gofundme account named ‘House Fire Recovery Fund for Barton Family’ was established for the Barton family and a donation fund was being established at the Bank of Monticello. Luke and Audrey Barton have two children, Isabella and Grayson. The family is very appreciative of all the kindness and support shown to them at this difficult time.

Another home fire occurred on March 19 near the Lewis and Clark County border, but no information was available at press time. We heard that this home was also a complete loss.

Please feel free to contact us if we can get the message out that the family needs assistance or if someone has set up a fund to help them. Send info to