(Atlantic) The Atlantic Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 1100 Cypress Street on the southwest side of Atlantic Monday evening.
Atlantic Fire Chief Mark McNees tells KSOM/KS95 News the call went out at around 7:58 p.m. He says when they arrived the attached garage was fully engulfed in flames, and the blaze was starting to breach into the home. “We got a good knockdown, but the fire extended into the kitchen area,” said McNees. “We stopped the fire before it took the entire home, but there is quite a bit of damage.”
Chief McNees says the cause of the fire is undetermined, however, the preliminary investigation points to carelessly discarded smoking material. “The homeowners stated they dumped some cigarettes into a box in the garage,” said McNees. “That is most likely the culprit at the moment. The owner had tried to knock it down with a fire extinguisher, but obviously it quickly got away from him and he called the Fire Department.”
The contents in the garage including a four-wheeler are a total loss. The home sustained heavy smoke damage.
Daniel Schroder, a neighbor to the north says he was playing his Xbox when his girlfriend told him the house next door was fire. “I ran outside and saw flames coming from the roof of my neighbors garage and noticed the south side of my shed was on fire. I grabbed a garden hose and started spraying his house and my shed.”
Everyone got out of the home safely and there were no injuries.
The Atlantic Police Department, Medivac Ambulance, and Cass County Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Kennon were also on scene.