At 3:37 AM on Monday, the City of Hays Fire Department, assisted by the Ellis County Rural Fire Department, City of Hays Police and Ellis County EMS, were dispatched to a building fire at 3502 Fairway Drive. The first firefighters arrived at 3:44 AM and found a fire in the attached garage of a large single family dwelling with fire spreading into the attic and the living areas. A vehicle was also on fire in the driveway. Wind driven burning brands were also threatening nearby property.
The occupants were awakened by a smoke alarm and were able to escape the building before the arrival of firefighters. They were transported to Hays Medical Center by Ellis County EMS.
A total of 22 City of Hays firefighters staffing five fire trucks and four Ellis County Rural firefighters staffing one fire truck responded. Three hose lines were needed to control the fire. The building suffered heavy fire damage.
The most probable cause of the fire has not yet been determined. A team of investigators from the City of Hays Police Department, City of Hays Fire Department and the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office are working to determine the cause.
Your City of Hays firefighters would like to remind you of the importance of working smoke alarms for protection while you are sleeping. Having working smoke alarms cuts the risk of dying in a fire by half.
—Press release via City of Hays