Detectives ID man killed in Shawnee house fire

By Kim Morava
Shawnee Dispatch – April 24, 2017

Shawnee Police Detective Jason Couch confirmed Friday the identity of a man killed in a local house fire on Easter morning. Cause of that fire remains under investigation.

Crouch said the man was 66-year-old Kermit Byford.

Shawnee Fire Department Battalion Chief Jack Miller said firefighters responded about 12:49 a.m. April 16 to 714 Madeline Drive, where there was a fire in the garage of that home.

Miller, who said there was heavy smoke and fire in the garage of that brick home, said firefighters found the deceased man in the garage. There was no one else home and a dog was found safe in the area, Miller said.

“All of the fire was confined to the garage,” Miller said.

Cause of the blaze is under investigation.

According to obituary information, Byford was called “Monte” by his family and friends. He was raised in Great Bend, Kansas and spent time hunting, fishing and trapping in his youth. He was a certified wildland firefighter, commercial fisherman in Alaska and worked many years in the Kansas oil fields, the obituary read. A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date.


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