Home destroyed

By Karen La Pierre
Hoisington Dispatch – June 30, 2017
Submitted by Newz Group – July 27, 2017

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The Hosington Fire Department, along with Hoisington Emergency Medical Services and Hoisington Police Department, Hoisington Electrical Distribution and Kansas Gas all responded to a fire last week at 11:26 a.m., June 22. The house, 513 E. 6th St., and all of the contents were a total loss with fire and smoke damage.

“When we pulled up on the scene, there was heavy smoke coming from everywhere,” said Jerry Stricker, Hoisington Fire Chief. “There was heavy fire showing, even reaching to the tree tops, extending to the detached single-car garage.”

Stricker said the fire department responded rapidly, within three minutes after the call. There were 10 firemen on the scene with three pumper trucks actively pumping.

“It shows how a fire can grow that fast,” Stricker said.

The house was occupied by adults and children. All members of the household got out immediately. One of the children saw the fire, alerted everyone to get out and called 911.

The fire department was on the scene for two hours. They used thermal imaging to monitor heat and hot embers in the walls and ceilings to check for additional danger.

“It’s nice to have a piece of equipment to check for rekindling in the walls,” Stricker said. Use of thermal imaging reduces the amount of water needed by pinpointing hot spots.

The cause of the fire is suspected to be electrical.

For the firefighters, wearing the safety equipment required was also a challenge.

“The daytime heat was quite a challenge for all of the guys,” Stricker said. “And then trying to stay hydrated and fight heat exhaustion.

“It gave them a workout too.”


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