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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Several animals killed in De Soto house fire

Posted: December 5, 2012 - 2:42am
Updated: December 5, 2012 - 6:44am

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Northwest Consolidated Fire District crews are battling a house fire in De Soto this morning. The structure is a single wide trailer home at 8820 Waverly Road.

Crews were called to the scene around 2:10, Wednesday morning after a resident reported a fire under the home.

A Johnson County Sheriff's Deputy arrived to report that the residents were making their way out of the structure and smoke was visible.

Firefighters arrived to report a working fire on the rear side of the structure. Crews began an interior attack but, were forced to evacuate after conditions inside deteriorated.

A Safety Officer reported that there was fire visibly "blowing through" three or four windows on the rear side and the fire appeared to extend the entire length of the structure. Crews began defensive operations from the exterior of the home.

Residents reported that their pets were believed to still be inside the structure.

The Lenexa Fire Department has one fire crew and a Battalion Chief at the scene assisting with fighting the fire. One Olathe Fire Department crew is standing by at Northwest Consolidated Fire District Station 1 for coverage of the area.

The fire was declared to be under control at 3:20 a.m.. An official cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Authorities say the Red Cross will be assisting the three adult residents. The structure has been declared a total loss. Several animals died in the fire including; a bird, dog and a snake. A cat remains unaccounted for. The homeowner is said to be a veterinarian.

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