Late night fire destroys rural home

By Gale Rose
Pratt Tribune – April 13, 2015

Photo by Gale Rose.

Photo by Gale Rose.

Fire destroyed the home of the late Dale Rosenbaum late Sunday night and into early Monday morning.

A neighbor of Rosenbaum went out to check on her horses because of intense lighting and saw an orange glow at the residence. She went to investigate, discovered the fire and called 911. The residence was located on SE 20th Street about halfway between 70th Avenue and 80th Avenue.

Rosenbaum was killed in a plane crash on March 7 as he attempted to land his plane on a grass runway just south of the house. No one was living in the house at the time of the fire.

The cause of the fire is undetermined. When Pratt County Sheriff Deputy Joe Ohler arrived on the scene, an electrical wire running from the house to a shed was on the ground and sparking, Ohler said.

There was considerable lightning in the area and it could have been a factor. Pratt County Administrator for Emergency and Medical Services Mark McManaman said the fire was probably electrical, possibly from a lightning strike to the electrical lines.

About a dozen fire units from Township 12, Preston and Iuka were called to scene. The house was already engulfed in flames when the first units arrived on the scene.

“It was well involved when we got there,” McManaman said.

A portion of off the house had an addition with a roof on top of a roof. When the top roof collapsed onto the lower roof, it made it very difficult to get to the fire. Some of the walls are still standing on the house but it is a total loss to fire, smoke and water damage, McManaman said.

Family members were on scene and were able to remove some items from the house.

Water was an issue. Water tankers feed the fire units then shuttled back and forth to Pratt to fill up at a hydrant in the Walmart parking lot.

The call came in at 10:55 p.m. It took about two hours to get the fire completely knocked down, but a Township 12 fire unit remained on scene until around 10 a.m. Monday to monitor the situation. No one was injured in the fire.

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