House damaged but no injuries in fire

By Fred Solis
Clarion – February 23, 2017
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – February 28, 2017


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About 25 firefighters and first responders battled a house fire at 228 E. Main Street in Mount Hope Saturday, Feb. 18, after receiving a call at 4:08 p.m. reporting the incident.

One person was in the house when the fire started but was not injured said Mount Hope Fire Chief Jon Smith. Nor were any firefighters or civilians injured, he added.

The fire began outside the house and consumed a gazebo on the northwest side of the house, according to witnesses, Smith said. The fire then jumped to a fence and the house, a two-story, five-bedroom, two bath dwelling built in 1900. The 2,400-square-foot building was a wood frame construction and had been remodeled a number of times over the years, Smith said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by state fire officials. Ninety percent of the structure was damaged by the fire, smoke and water, Smith estimated. Firefighters poured about 70,000 gallons of water on the blaze, he added.

Firefighters spent about four hours extinguishing the fire, with the most difficult time spent in the attic.

“We chased it in the attic from one end to the other. It would just move on us,” Smith said.

Firefighters, police and EMS personnel from Mount Hope, Bently/Sedgwick County Fire Reserve, Sedgwick County, Colwich, Burrton and the American Red Cross responded to the fire with two engines, two tenders, ladder truck, squad, lighting equipment, first aid assistance and food.

“Thanks to all the citizens of Mount Hope that showed up and volunteered to help,” Smith said. “It was a great outpouring from the community to help where they could.”

LMNO Pizza provided about a dozen pizzas for firefighters, he added.

With persistent dry conditions in the area, Smith urged citizens to adhere to local ordinances regarding burning outside and to take care when barbecuing.

“When conditions are right, it doesn’t take much for fires to start and quickly spread,” he said.


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