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August 23rd, 2019

5 23 19 fire on zinniaEmergency personnel work outside a residence on Zinnia Lane after being called to a fire. Smoke was exiting the home, but the fire was determined not to be a total loss for the property. L&T photo/Jimmy HamptonELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times


A call at one location quickly shifted gears to another location for the Liberal Fire Department Thursday morning. 

Emergency personnel responded to the  call shortly before noon. 

“At 11:39 a.m. Thursday, the Liberal Fire Department was dispatched to 721 Griffith Ave. for fire alarm activation at Seymour Rogers Middle School,” a release from LFD Chief Kelly Kirk noted. “While responding to the alarm, a second call was dispatched to 2520 Zinnia Lane for a report of flames visible from the backside of the residence. One engine was diverted from the first alarm to the second.  The first units to arrive on Zinnia were a Seward County Fire unit returning from a vehicle accident on North Hwy. 83 and Liberal Police officers.  They found a contents fire on the back porch of the residence and were able to knock down the fire with a portable extinguisher while alerting the lone occupant of the home to the fire. As the remaining responders arrived on scene they moved and extinguished the smoldering materials from the porch area.  The residence was checked with thermal imaging cameras for fire extension into the home.  The fire damage was mainly contained to the porch and only light smoke was ventilated from the home with fans.  No injuries were reported by the occupant or responders.  The cause of the fire was determined to be a hot plate that was left on unattended after being used earlier.”

The department responded with a total of 16 personnel and two engines, Kirk’s release noted, and also at the scene were the Liberal Police Department, Seward County Fire and Rescue, Seward County EMS and Black Hills Energy.

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