UPDATE: Firefighters battle subzero wind chills during house fire; nobody home when blaze develops Featured

Smoke billows from the eaves of a house at 1305 Goura on Thursday. Smoke billows from the eaves of a house at 1305 Goura on Thursday. Jack Schoeck

Emporia firefighters were called out to battle a house fire on the coldest day of the winter so far.

The fire developed at 1305 Goura and was reported just before 10 am. Fire Chief Jack Taylor says flames and smoke were evident from the east side of the house as they arrived. Taylor also tells KVOE News it was hard work to fight the fire and stay safe, given the air temperatures in the single digits, wind chills below zero and all the water being sprayed.

Water almost played a significant role in the firefighting effort in another way. A water main break developed in the 700 block of Whildin, a block east from the house, and eventually cut off the water supply. However, Taylor says that happened after firefighters knocked down the main blaze and started looking for hot spots.

A cause and origination point are currently pending, but Battalion Chief Tony Fuller says the cause looks to be accidental. Nobody was home when the fire started. 

We'll have updates on KVOE and KVOE.com. 

11:20 am Thursday: Fire damages east Emporia home

Fire has apparently caused heavy damage to a home in east Emporia.

Fire developed at 1305 Goura shortly before 10 am. There is currently no word on a cause or origination point. All other details are currently pending.

Kansas Gas is currently on scene along with Emporia Fire.

The fire call came a few minutes before a crash with reported injuries at the intersection of 15th and West. Details on that incident are also pending.

We'll have updates on KVOE and KVOE.com this afternoon.


Photos by Chuck Samples/KVOE News

Video by Chuck Samples/KVOE News

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