Cause of fire at 332 Sylvan undetermined after investigation

An investigation could not determine what caused a devastating house fire at 332 Sylvan on Monday.

Tuesday's investigation could not determine the source or cause of the blaze. Fire Marshal Reason Bradford said the amount of items stacked inside made it difficult to investigate.

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Fire was noticed at 332 Sylvan around 10:20 am Monday, but Emporia Fire Battalion Chief Rich Gould says the fire may have been smoldering for a while.

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Sandra Moore, the resident -- and not the same Sandra Moore who pleaded guilty to a federal embezzlement charge -- was able to get out with minor burns. She refused a hospital trip. One firefighter was hurt and was taken to Newman Regional Health. That firefighter's name has not been released.

Both Gould and Fire Chief Jack Taylor have said the house was full of items, especially near the main doors. Gould said that made it virtually impossible for firefighters to enter the home safely.

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Emporia, Americus, Olpe and Lyon County Rural Fire District No. 5 crews stayed on scene for close to eight hours before the fire was deemed under control. In addition, Emporia street crews provided ice melt and salt, while Lyon County Emergency Management and the Salvation Army offered rehab for fire personnel as needed.


KVOE News Reporter AJ Dome contributed to this report.

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