Friday, Jun. 22, 2012
Garden City Fire Department responds to three weekend blazes
Two Garden City families were displaced from their homes last weekend as a result of separate house fires located within a block of each other.
A family of eight lost their home, after their residence at 603 Main St., Friday, June 15, caught fire.
Fire crews were called to the house at approximately 8:30 p.m.
The Garden City Fire Department received assistance from the Harrisonville Fire Department.
The family was not home at the time of the fire.
Crews were able to fight the blaze within 18 minutes, according to Fire Chief Mark Lopez.
Lopez deemed the home inhabitable. Several local churches have set up clothing drop off points and individuals from around the Garden City are offering financial assistance to the family.
The cause of the fire is believed to be electrical.
The Garden City Fire Department responded to a second house fire at approximately 1 a.m. Sunday, June 17, at 710 Main St.
Upon arrival to the scene, crews discovered heavy damage to the property.
Harrisonville and East Lynne fire crews assisted in fighting the blaze. Crews took about 40 minutes to extinguish the fire.
The residents of the home were not home at the time of the fire. They are being assisted by the American Red Cross.
Cause of the fire is undetermined and is being investigated by the Missouri State Fire Marshall.
Garden City Fire Department also responded to a third incident on Saturday, June 16.
Engine heat from a tractor truck caused 250 bales of hay to catch fire along 315th Street in rural Cass County, causing approximately $10,000 in damage.
A portion of the road was closed throughout the weekend to allow the hay bales to burn off.
The driver of the tractor was treated by EMS for minor burns received from the incident.