Apr 03, 2024

Careless smoking caused fire that destroyed Kansas home

Posted Apr 03, 2024 3:00 AM
Photo Courtesy Reno County Emergency Management
Photo Courtesy Reno County Emergency Management

RENO COUNTY — According to Reno County Emergency Management, a fire at a home in Partridge Tuesday morning destroyed the building.

Fire Administrator Travis Vogt said in a social media post that crews were called out just after 4 a.m. to 3 North Reno Street in Partridge. When crews from Fire Districts 4, 3 and 8 arrived, they found a working fire in the northeast part of the home. The fire extended into the attic space and the strong north winds caused it to spread too quickly to be attacked from the inside.

The City of Partridge does not have hydrants or a water supply, so water had to be hauled to the scene. Tender trucks from Fire Districts 6 and 9 and Pretty Prairie were called in. In all, seven 3000 gallon tenders were used to supply water to the scene.

Due to hoarding conditions in the home and the collapse of the home's roof, all crews could do once the fire was out is call in an excavator from Miller Earthworks to level the home. 

The Reno County Sheriff's Office and the Reno County Fire Administrator investigated to determine a cause of the fire. Three occupants were in the home at the time of the fire and got out safely thanks to working smoke detectors. The fire is being classified as accidental from careless smoking.