Douglass has seen three house fires in the last nine days, with the latest two occurring Saturday and Monday.
Butler County Fire District #8 (Douglass) received the fire call at about 8:24 p.m. Saturday. The caller stated there was smoke in the area of Pine and Chestnut.
“I responded to that area and a truck was following behind me,” said BCFD #8 Chief John Ford.
While they were in route, the caller said there was smoke in their house, but the fire was not in their house. They found a modular home set on a basement to the north of the reporting party on fire.
Ford said no one was at home at the time.
“Smoke was coming out of it very heavily, but no fire was showing,” Ford said.
He said when the crew entered the home, the fire got enough oxygen it increased in size and within three minutes the roof starting collapsing and they had to pull the crew out of the home.
The contents and structure were heavily damaged. The occupants had left about 30 minutes before the fire started. A single father and his three children reside in the home.
“At this point all we know is the fire potentially started in a bathroom,” Ford said. “The cause is still under investigation.”
Then on Monday morning, the fire crew responded to a fire near the intersection of 200th and Shumway, near Douglass.
Deputy Chief Seth Glaves said they received the call at about 9:15 a.m.
Initial crews arriving on the scene saw smoke coming from a single family dwelling.
One person was home at the time of incident and did not sustain any injuries.
“Crews were able to get a quick knockdown on the fire and also removed two pets from the residence,” Glaves said, adding that the pets were OK.
The home sustained moderate smoke and heat damage throughout the residence. The cause is currently under investigation.
Mutual aid was provided by Butler County Fire District #3, Augusta Department of Public Safety and Butler County EMS during the Saturday fire. On Monday, mutual aid was received from Augusta and the Rose Hill Fire Department.
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