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Westar Worker Discovers Home On Fire

Todd Pittenger - November 26, 2013 2:47 pm

A fire damages a Salina home early Tuesday afternoon.

Salina Fire Marshal Roger Williams told KSAL News at the scene that firefighters were called to a fire at 122 East Beloit at 12:50 Tuesday afternoon.

Williams says that a Westar Energy employee who was driving in the area smelled smoke, and slowed down to investigate. He discovered flames on the outside of a home, called 911, and quickly disconnected power to the home.

The first firefighters on the scene encountered flames coming from the back of the home. The fire made it into the house, damaging the second floor and attic, before it was extinguished. Firefighters had to cut a hole in the roof as they fought it.

Williams says the home was vacant.

The exact cause of the fire is under investigation, but it is not deemed as suspicious. Williams says that it started on the outside of the home, but it there is nothing to indicate that it was intentionally set.

There were no injuries.

Fred Hanson

November 27, 2013 at 7:25 am

Evidently had to do with the wiring the house. Why would the westar employee disconnect the power.

Fred Hanson

November 27, 2013 at 7:28 am

I meant the wiring coming into the house.

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