GIRARD — The Girard and other area fire departments battled two fires simultaneously on Prairie Street, in Girard over the weekend.
The Girard Fire Department responded to flames at two uninhabited structures — both located on Prairie Street — early Sunday morning. Both structures were residential houses.
GFD units responded at 1:21 a.m. to a structure fire at 310 West Prairie street in Girard. Upon arrival fire units found a residential structure with flames showing throughout, according to Girard Fire Chief Joseph Clow.
The roof and rear wall of the structure had collapsed prior to the arrival of emergency services.
Shortly after arrival it was confirmed that the structure was unoccupied, and the fire department extinguished the fire from the outside.
Because the house was unoccupied, and the roof and rear wall had collapsed, it was deemed neither safe, nor necessary for firefighters to enter the structure to fight the fire.
At about 1:30 a.m. that same morning, while still at 310 W. Prairie, GFD was notified of a second fully involved house fire at 414 West Prairie Street — six houses from the original fire.
GFD determined the structure was also unoccupied, and engulfed in flames. The roof of the building had partially collapsed, and GFD extinguished the fire from the outside.
The simultaneous fires required assistance from Baker Township Fire, Arma Fire and Crawford County Fire District No. 4. Hepler Fire Department was dispatched, but cancelled prior to arriving at the scene.
No injuries or fatalities were sustained in either fire.
The cause of the fires remains undetermined and is under investigation by the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office.