Squirrel sparks fire that burns unoccupied Saline County home

Salina Post

SALINA — A squirrel, a trash fire and roasting marshmallows kept Saline County firefighters busy this weekend.

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Fire at 4533 S. Burma Road. Photo courtesy of Saline County Sheriff’s Office.


At approximately 5:30 p.m. Friday, firefighters were sent to 4533 S. Burma Road where a grass fire damaged an unoccupied farm house, and destroyed two pickups and a wagon and car. The fire apparently was started by a squirrel that had been electrocuted on a power line and fell to the ground, catching the grass of fire. No damage estimate was available.

At 10:30 a.m. Saturday, crews were sent to 2752 W. Pleasant Hill Road to a report of Morton building on fire. Embers from from a trash barrel got away and set the grass on fire and caught the 30-by-40-foot building on fire. Lawnmowers, a log splitter and a trailer also were destroyed. Loss was estimated at $10,000.

Just after 10 a.m. Sunday, two children trying to roast marshmallows in a hay loft caused about $1,000 in damage to a barn at 9520 E. Assaria Road. The youngsters tried to set hay on fire and then could not put out the fire. No one was injured.