Humboldt home destroyed in blaze

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February 15, 2017 - 12:00 AM

HUMBOLDT — Firefighters responded to a 911 call around 11:15 a.m. Tuesday at 404 N. Fourth St., Humboldt, according to Brian Dillow, Humboldt chief of police.
The house, owned by Josh Hart for over 12 years, was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, according to Scott Aikins, Lieutenant, Humboldt Police Department. He said the front porch collapsed while firefighters attempted to extinguish the flames. No injuries occurred. 
Eric Lawrence, investigator with the Kansas State Fire Marshall, who was not on the scene to investigate, said, “You could see the flames from Iola.”
Hart said he left to go out of town around 10 a.m. and a short time later his brother called and told him about the fire. Hart, who lived alone in the house and has no pets, is unsure what started the blaze. 
“It’s got really old electric wires, that’s all I can think of,” Hart said.

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