Flames destroy Selden home

Oberlin Herald – April 2, 2014
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A home in Selden burned to the ground Sunday morning, although firefighters kept the blaze from spreading to other buildings.

The fire, which engulfed a house owned by Andrea Mitchell, was reported about 5:30 a.m. Sunday. Judy Rogers, a correspondent for The Oberlin Herald who was at the scene, said the house was west of the Selden Elementary School.

Crews from the Selden, Hoxie and Rexford fire departments responded, said Don Koerperich of Sheridan County Emergency Management. They had the blaze contained by 9:30 a.m. but were still putting out hot spots that afternoon.

The house and a shed next to it were destroyed and the side of another shed was charred, but no other buildings were damaged. The wind was blowing out of the south, into an evergreen windbreak just north of the house, which did not burn. The only other nearby building beyond the windbreak, Koerperich said, was a metal Quonset hut across the street.

A Selden ambulance crew and a Sheridan County sheriff’s deputy were called to stand by, Koerperich said, but no one was home at the time of the fire, and no one was hurt. He was not sure if there were any pets in the house or what caused the fire. Rogers said Mitchell often stays with family in Colby.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster