Suspicious fire destroys Hutch house, mobile home

Hutch Post

HUTCHINSON — Just after 3 a.m. Thursday, Hutchinson firefighters responded to the area of Kansas 61 and Lorraine for a reported brush fire. Prior to arrival, the calling party called back and advised it was a structure fire.

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When units arrived, they found a fully involved two-story house and also a second fire in a mobile home one-eighth of a mile east of the house that was fully involved. Both houses were vacant. The fire was near the 2400 block of South Lorraine.

The fire in the two-story house was controlled in 30 minutes, and the fire in the mobile home was allowed to burn. Fire officials said access to the mobile home was difficult because it was surrounded by a plowed field and set back off the road. The fire was allowed to burn because there was no threat of it spreading. Units and investigators were still on the scene late Thursday morning. Both structures are considered a total loss.

The fires have been ruled as suspicious and are under investigation with assistance from Reno County Sheriff’s Office. No one was injured in either fire.