Fire destroys Paola home Saturday night

By Brian McCauley
Miami County Republic – March 28, 2018

Photo by Ian Beyer

A fire fully engulfed and destroyed a Paola home late Saturday night and into Sunday morning, but no injuries were reported.

Mark Farmer of the Paola Volunteer Fire Department said the call came in at 11:48 p.m. Saturday night, and when firefighters first arrived at the home at 105 W. Shawnee St., it was completely engulfed in flames.

“We immediately called for assistance from the Osawatomie and Louisburg fire departments,” Farmer said.

Personnel from Miami County Emergency Medical Services and the Paola Police Department also were dispatched to the scene.

Farmer said the firefighters learned that the house was vacant, as the occupants left earlier that evening, so they took a defensive approach and worked to keep the fire from spreading to neighboring homes.

The firefighters also contacted Kansas Gas Service and Kansas City Power & Light to help safely secure utilities at the home.

Farmer said the fire was reportedly under control shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday morning, but the last fire crews didn’t clear the scene until around 10 a.m. Sunday.

The cause of the fire is unknown, and the investigation has been turned over to the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office, Farmer said.

The home was built in 1920, according to real estate records, and Farmer said the two-story balloon frame design was one reason why the home quickly became engulfed in flames.

Although some of an attached garage was salvaged, Farmer said the home was a complete loss.

Firefighters were able to prevent the fire from damaging neighboring properties.


Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
KSFFA’s Fire News Blog Home Page

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