Redfield family loses home to fire

By Jason E. Silvers
Fort Scott Tribune – May 6, 2015
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – May 27, 2015

Rural fire departments battled a fire that blazed through a Redfield residence early Monday morning.

Multiple fire departments responded just after 3 a.m. Monday to a fire in a house located at Third and Pine streets. Redfield Fire Chief Troy Johnson said Tuesday the family that was at home at the time of the fire was able to get out of the house in time and no injuries were reported.

“There was a husband and wife and I believe two children at the time of the fire,” Johnson said. “They’re all safe.”

Johnson said Mercy EMTs on the scene administered oxygen to the mother, who had “inhaled too much smoke.”

Johnson said the home was a “one-story double-wide with an addition on the back.”

“The inside was gutted,” he said. “The west half of the trailer is totally burned. The east side of the trailer is just water and smoke damage.”

Although there were no reported injuries to the residents or firefighters, Johnson said the home had four dogs that were “lost to the fire.”

Johnson said the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office was on scene and while the official cause of the fire is still undetermined, the fire has been labeled as accidental in nature.

“At this time, it’s undetermined how it started,” he said. “We know it was accidental and not intentionally caused…it wasn’t set by cigarette smoke or someone doing something wrong.”

Johnson said there are a couple of possible causes that fire officials are looking into, both related to electrical wires or cords inside the house.

“It could have been caused by an electrical cord under a child’s bed,” he said. “It started in the northwest corner of the house.”

According to the fire marshal, a dog had chewed into an electrical wire in the home, Johnson said.

Johnson said Redfield Fire Department was first on scene with four personnel and one tanker. They called for mutual aid from Bourbon County Fire District No. 3, which brought seven trucks and 14 personnel, Scott Township which responded with six trucks and 13 personnel, and the Fort Scott Fire Department which came with one truck and two personnel.

“Redfield appreciated all the mutual aid,” Johnson said. “I feel all the fire departments work good together. We were very thankful.”

It took a few hours to get the fire under control and once it was out, firefighters remained on scene to watch “hot spots,” Johnson said. He said firefighters did not encounter any problems while fighting the fire.

“About 7:30 or 8 (a.m.) we were making sure the hot spots didn’t fire back up,” he said.

Johnson said the house is not livable and there are plans to remove it by Saturday.

“They will finish tearing down and dispose of the house Saturday,” he said, adding the residents may be “going to try to salvage” some belongings in the east part of the house, “but there’s a lot of water and smoke damage.”

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