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August 13th, 2020

july 1 structure fireMembers of the Liberal Fire Department prepare to break into a house as a structure fire goes on. Ultimately, according to a release from Liberal Fire Chief Kelly Kirk, the fire was believed to be accidental in nature. L&T photo/Elly GrimmELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times

 

A structure fire kept local emergency personnel busy for a few hours Wednesday. Personnel were called to the scene at 111 W. Spruce Street shortly after 11 a.m.

“First arriving police officers reported that the attached garage was fully engulfed and that all occupants had exited the home.  Firefighters worked to darken down the fire in the garage area while simultaneously entering the home to search for extension into the living spaces.  The fire was declared under control at 11:38 a.m.,” a release from Liberal Fire Chief Kelly Kirk noted. “Due to the extent of fire damage and construction of the garage addition firefighters continued ventilation and overhaul efforts for nearly two hours.  The entire garage area was completely gutted in the fire and the remainder of the residence suffered from severe smoke and heat damage.”

Some of the occupants required medical attention, the release continued. 

“There were six occupants in the home at the time of the fire, three adults and three children.  Three occupants suffered injuries in the fire,” Kirk’s release noted. “One adult female was transported to Southwest Medical Center by Seward County EMS with lower leg injury.  Another adult female and one adult male were examined at the scene and refused further treatment or transport. The fire is believed to be accidental in nature and to have originated in the garage.  All units were returned to service at 2:50 p.m.”

The Liberal Fire Department responded with a total of 15 personnel and two engines.  Also at the scene were the Liberal Police Department, Seward County EMS, Black Hills Energy, Southern Pioneer Electric and the American Red Cross.

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