Inman’s Fire Chief: Home deemed total loss after fire

McPherson Sentinel – July 16, 2018

Photos by Mindy Kepfield

A home at 348 Arrowhead Drive in Inman was deemed a total loss after it was leveled by a fire on Friday afternoon, Inman’s Fire Chief Neal Schierling said.

The four-bedroom, three bathroom house was owned by Denise Bromwell and Bea Hutson. No one was home at 1:47 p.m. when firefighters were dispatched after a call by a neighbor.

McPherson and Reno County EMS also were called to the site, but no injuries were reported. Two dogs that were inside the house are thought to be dead, Schierling said.

Nearly 22 firefighters with crews from McPherson, Inman, Windom and Canton arrived to find that the blaze had spread through the house.

“It was pretty involved by the time we got there,” he said.

The fire, which started in the home’s southeast corner, took 30 minutes to contain, he said. Siding melted off another building 20 feet north of the home, but that blaze was contained. It and a barn were left standing.

Richard Bromwell, brother of Denise Bromwell, said she and Hutson had put a lot of work into the home — including the addition of a new roof.

“They put their whole life and soul into this house,” he said. “It was a dump when they bought it but they made it into something special.”

Schierling said the house was fully insured and its owners were receiving help from the Red Cross and other agencies.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated.


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