13th Elm FireFire destroyed a house located in the 1300 block of Elm late Monday night (photo courtesy eudorareporter.com spotter Sydney)

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Eudora Fire Chief Ken Keiter reported that the fire in the 1300 block of Elm Street Monday night was started by a space heater in the garage.  Keiter stated the State Fire Investigator  determined the cause midday on Tuesday and determined the house is a total loss.

Keiter said that the fire began shortly before 11:00 PM Monday night and crews worked until approximately 1:00 AM to extinguish the blaze.

“The owners were lucky that they were able to get out safely without injuries,” Keiter said. “First responders said that when they arrived on scene, family members were carrying the female occupant of the house since she was not ambulatory.”

Keiter said conditions for fire fighting were not the best with temperatures at or below 0 degrees.

“Thankfully we had no injuries,” Keiter stated. “Most of the firefighters were running around  with duties fighting the fire and it was the personnel whose duties kept them standing still that felt the cold.”

Holy Family Catholic Church is helping coordinate assistance efforts for the owners of the house and members of the church, Ray and Dorothy Wingebach.  A fund has been set up at Douglas County Bank to take donations in care of Dorothy Wingebach or donations can be given to Holy Family.  A clothing collection for the Wingebach’s has also started.  For more information, you can go to the following link:  http://holyfamilyeudora.com/home/354-fire-disaster


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