Emporia firefighters responded to a house fire Friday afternoon.
Passers-by noticed smoke and flames coming from inside a home at 2025 Schaeffer Way around 3pm. Firefighters and Emporia Police responded.
The homeowners, Nathaniel and Cathy Terrell, were not home at the time of the fire.
The fire was contained within 30 minutes, and was determined to have started in the basement.
The cause of the fire was undetermined, although a heating element in a dryer is suspected.