Weekend fires damage home, grassland

By Cliff Ralstin
Humboldt Union – March 27, 2014
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – April 1, 2014

Humboldt Volunteer Firefighters had a very busy weekend after responding to nine fires Saturday, March 22 and Sunday, March 23.

Topping the list was a home located at 1781 Idaho Road belonging to Brad and Janel Piley of Humboldt.

Firefighters responded to the blaze shortly after 3 p.m. Sunday. The home sustained an estimated $30,000 to $40,000 in fire, smoke and water damage with the fire contained to exterior wall of a living room, bathroom and roof. It was believed to have started in the area of a chimney.

Three HVFD units responded and a tanker from the Iola Fire Department also assisted in controlling the blaze.

The weekend of fires started Friday, March 21 when a controlled burn near 1600 and Connecticut threatened an oil tank battery and adjacent property at 9 p.m.

Shortly after midnight at 12:20 a.m. HVFD responded to a series of grass fires with the first near 1400 and Connecticut. A second blaze between 2000 and 2200 on California was reported next. Two more fires located on Arizona, one east and one west of Arizona and 2200 were next. A fifth fire at 1400 and Arizona and a final fire at US 169 Highway mile marker 157 kept fire crews out of station until 5:18 Saturday morning.

HVFD Chief Kent Barfoot believed all six fires and another one just inside of Neosho County in the same general vicinity were intentionally set.

Fire crews wrapped up the weekend by responding to an out of control trash fire that damaged hay bales at 720 1300 Road.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster