01/17/2013

Fatality House Fire North of Columbus Being Investigated

At approximately 5:10 a.m. on Thursday, January 17, 2013, Cherokee County Emergency Dispatchers received a report of a house fire north of Columbus, at 51 Northeast Teel Lane.

When emergency responders arrived, they found the home to be fully engulfed in flames.

Firefighters from Columbus, Weir and West Mineral extinguished the fire and found a deceased adult inside the home.

The incident is being investigated by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and the Kansas State Fire Marshall’s Office.

The deceased is being transported to Kansas City for an autopsy, which is scheduled to be performed on Friday morning.

Additional information will be released once it becomes available.