Wind whips blaze that destroys Shawnee home

Part of a western Shawnee house collapsed Wednesday in a wind-fed blaze that caused an estimated $700,000 damage to the home and its contents. The house was deemed a total loss.

The fire was reported shortly after noon at 24818 W. 78th St. just west of Clare Road. Two subcontractors were working at the house when the fire broke out and the smoke alarms sounded, Shawnee Fire Marshal Corey Sands said. Both escaped, one with singed hair. A dog also made it out and was taken to a veterinarian.

“High winds really played havoc with us. It took the fire all through the home,” said Sands. He said windows had been opened, which exacerbated the problem.

Firefighters continued to douse hot spots well after sunset, Sands said, because a large amount of fallen debris made it difficult to get water to parts of the structure. The cause of the fire had not been determined Wednesday night.

Because fires can start quickly, Sands said, everyone should have an escape plan as well as working smoke detectors in the home.

The Star

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