Hays Fire Department reports three structure fires over holiday weekend


Hays Fire Department

The Hays Fire Department responded to several building fires over Thanksgiving weekend.

At approximately 10:48 p.m. on November 26, the Hays Fire Department was dispatched to report a fire in a residential apartment located at 215 W. Sixth Street in Hays.

Firefighters discovered a fire in the basement apartment and quickly put it out.

All the occupants left unharmed.

Investigation determined that an overloaded extension cord was the cause of the fire.

At approximately 11:44 p.m. on November 27, the Hays Fire Department was dispatched to report a burning smell in a residential apartment located at 411 E. 13th.

Firefighters found an electrical outlet that had arced inside the wall due to a poor connection to the outlet.

The occupants of the apartment recognized the smell and immediately called 911.

The electrical circuit has been isolated and no further damage has been caused.

At approximately 2:40 p.m. on November 28, the Hays Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structural fire at a residence at 308 W. 39th.

Firefighters discovered a fire had started outside the house in the back yard.

The fire spread to the back of the house and the patio.

A fire broke out in the attic and the room on the ground floor of the house. Residents were not at home at the time of the blaze, but firefighters were able to rescue three dogs from the blaze.

The cause of the fire is considered undetermined at this time.

Hays Fire Department, Company 5 Ellis County Fire Department, City of Ellis Fire Department, City of Victoria Fire Department, Emergency Department Ellis County and the Hays Police Department all responded.

The Hays Fire Department would like to remind everyone to check smoke and CO alarms to make sure they are working properly.

Please contact the Hays Fire Department if you are interested in the smoke alarm program.

You can also find more information at www.haysusa.com.


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