A woman and child escaped from the house fire at 805 N. Pine in Pittsburg unharmed on Friday afternoon.
The renter’s 7-year-old dog, which was, trapped in a kennel did not survive, according to Pittsburg Fire Department Battalion Chief Kevin Casella.
The woman and her son were in the home when the fire started. Casella said the “fire was accidental” and the department received a call from the woman at 12:38 p.m. after she escaped with her son.
The home is a total loss and the renter did not have insurance, Casella said.
Travis Ridgway and his wife, Leah Conner, own the home. Ridgway said the renter was moving out at the end of the month. The home has basic liability, he said.
Flames engulfed the front of the home as firefighters arrived. The rear tire of an inverted bike still burned on the porch as firefighters dowsed most of the external fire and entered the home.
Casella said the construction style of the old home allowed the fire to spread quickly from the main floor into the attic. Firefighters were on the scene until 4:45 p.m.
The Red Cross provided the renter, woman and child shelter for the night.
A second structure fire at the Liberty Baptist Church at 1714 W. 20th in Frontenac was reported late Friday afternoon. No one was injured but further details were not available at press time.
— Michael Stavola is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on twitter MichaelStavola1.