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Fire damages house

4/18/2014

By MATTHEW KENWRIGHT

By MATTHEW KENWRIGHT

mkenwright@dailynews.net

No injuries were reported in a Hays house fire at approximately 11:30 p.m. Thursday at 2513 Virginia Drive.

Jordan Kuhn, owner of the house, said he was in the basement watching television when he noticed an odd smell. He believes the fire might have started from his vehicle, a 1999 Ford F-150.

"I went upstairs, and the kitchen was full of smoke," Kuhn said.

"I opened up the garage door, and my pickup was on fire. I got my dog and ran out the front door and called 911," Kuhn said.

The truck was destroyed in the flames, and the garage and kitchen suffered heavy fire and smoke damage.

Kuhn's Dachshund, Trooper, was not injured in the accident. No one else lives in the residence.

When the Hays Fire Department arrived on the scene, they deemed a neighboring house in danger of catching fire. Crews had the fire extinguished by 11:48 p.m. as 24 firefighters and five trucks responded. The final crew left the scene at 2:19 a.m., according to a press release from the city of Hays.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

The city of Hays firefighters would like to remind the public having a working smoke alarm is essential for home fire safety. Smoke alarms that are 10 or more years old should be replaced.

For more information, contact the fire department at (785) 628-7330.