A fire Thursday at a Parsons home caused an estimated $15,200 in damage to the house and its contents, Parsons firefighters say.
No one was home at the time and no firefighters were injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Firefighters responded at 12:30 p.m. Thursday and arrived at 12:35 p.m. to the fire at 2700 Morgan. The home is owned by Jeffrey Strathe, according to the Labette County Appraiser’s Office website. Strathe was indicted Monday in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Oklahoma on drug charges. Law officers from at least three agencies were at the fire scene Thursday.
According to the fire report, firefighters saw smoke rolling out from under the eaves and windows of the house when they arrived. A bystander told firefighters there may be someone inside. The front door was locked, so firefighters used a pig tool to open the front door. The pig is used for roof ventilation, forced entry and wall breaching. It combines the butt end of an ax on one end and a pick on the other.
Once inside, firefighters conducted multiple searches around the house for a possible victim through fire, heat and thick brown smoke, according to the fire report. No person was found.
The fire was considered under control by 12:49 p.m., and firefighters searched the home again and didn’t find anyone, the report said. A firefighter also used a thermal imaging device in the search for the victim and to see if the fire spread to other areas of the home. A dozen firefighters responded to the fire.
According to the report, the home and its contents were valued at $22,730. Damage to the home and its contents was estimated at $15,200.
The cause of the blaze is under investigation. Parsons firefighters asked the Kansas Fire Marshal’s Office to investigate.