(ANITA) Anita and Wiota firemen responded to a house fire at 306 Elm in Anita this morning.
The call came in around 8:30 a.m. Anita Fire Chief Duane Murphy said when firemen arrived on scene there was a large amount of smoke and flames coming from the home. Murphy said it had vented out two windows on the far side of the home and up in the attic. However, firemen quickly got the fire under control.
“At this point we’re not exactly sure what’s happened. There was a report of some sort of a report of a boom or a bang ahead of time. Our suspicions are is when the air conditioner burnt through and vented, so we don’t really think that there was any kind of gas or anything like that,” said Murphy. “We’ll go ahead and finish an investigation before it’s over. We’ve got the gas people here taking a look at things. Pretty extensive damage to the house.”
Murphy said a female occupant of the home was transported to the hospital with injuries sustained from the fire. He said there was also a dog in the home that the woman didn’t want to leave the house without finding.
“It’s really hard to get across to people sometimes that, even though they love their pet that much, that their health is more important,” said Murphy. “This lady had some singed hair in her nasal area, had obviously taken in a lot of heat, she needed to go to the hospital. And it puts us in a really tough spot; we spent 25 minutes trying to convince her to go to the hospital when she needed treatment.”
Murphy said most of the damage to the home was located inside near the attic area. The fire remains under investigation.