A fire Monday night caused extensive damage to a Leavenworth County couple’s home as firefighters fought the blaze and frigid temperatures for several hours.
No one was injured in the fire at 18326 182nd St. east of Tonganoxie as the couple escaped the fire and called 911, but firefighters believe some cats perished, said Stranger Township Fire Chief Mark Billquist.
Firefighters were called to the residence just before 11 p.m., and they saw fire coming from the roof. The extent of the fire when they arrived caused firefighters to take a defensive stance and fight it from the outside before they got it under control around 6 a.m. Tuesday.
Firefighters did rescue one cat, but the fire chief said the house and two vehicles in the walk-in basement are likely a total loss.
Investigators are still determining the cause of the fire, but Billquist said it’s not believed to be suspicious. According to the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s office, it caused an estimated $200,000 in damage.
The residents indicated they would stay with family in the area, Billquist said. Firefighters from Fairmount and Sherman townships also assisted as well as the city of Tonganoxie’s fire department.