A heat lamp in a chicken coop is blamed for sparking a fire that heavily damaged two homes in Gypsum on Wednesday morning.
Crews from Rural Fire Districts 1, 2 and 5 rushed to the 100 block of King Street just before 9am yesterday after a shed behind the home at 117 King was engulfed in flames.
Saline County Sheriff Roger Soldan tells KSAL News that the fire soon spread to a carport, several vehicles and the home’s exterior and roof.
Flames then jumped next door to a vacant home owned by Gary Olson at 123 King Street, burning the roof, and causing damage inside and out.
Deputies say owner William Winship was not home at 117 King during the fire but lost his dog, plus five chickens and a rooster in the blaze.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office determined the fire was accidental.
Loss and damage across the two properties is estimated at over $200,000.
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