Early morning fire may be caused by arson

Independence Daily Reporter – April 1, 2014
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – April 23, 2014

Independence firefighters responded to a residence in the 1000 block of N. 6th at 1:17 a.m. today to extinguish a fire that is under investigation as possibly caused by arson.

The residence located at 1017 N 6th, is occupied by Joshua Neal Reed, and owned by Shelli A. Harlin, 1109 N 10th, Independence, according to Capt. Phil Loveless.

Upon arrival, fire officials discovered heavy smoke coming from the rear of the structure which prompted a second alarm.

Loveless said it had been determined all the occupants were out of the structure. He said firemen did an interior attack through a side door and used a second hose to help protect neighboring homes from fire damage.

Loveless said the fire was extinguished, but the cause has yet to be determined.

Independence Police Chief Harry Smith said today the cause of the fire is under investigation and there have been no arrests at this point.

Several agencies battled a structure fire that began in a residence northeast of Dearing late Saturday morning and totally demolished the house.

The residence, occupied by Rick Bule and Lisa Shaver, was located at 2236 County Road 4100, northeast of Dearing was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived at the scene shortly before noon Saturday.

Dearing Rural Fire Chief Randy Haymaker said the cause of the fire is currently undetermined, but indicated fire officials were told the owner of the residence said he started a fire in the fireplace the night before, stoked it up and then left to go into town the next morning.

The Kansas Fire Marshal’s office was called in to investigate and the family was told that a faulty fire box beneath the fireplace caused the fire.

Haymaker said when firefighters arrived the fire was fully involved in the chimney and the kitchen area, right behind the chimney.

He said there were no injuries, however, two Dearing Rural Firefighters, Brad Tipton and Christopher Haymaker, fell through the floor while they were doing an interior attack on the blaze.

Haymaker said Dearing firefighters received mutual aid from the City of Coffeyville, as well as rural divisions from Liberty, Tyro and South Coffeyville, Oklahoma.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

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