Even before the destructive fire at Sterling House, Emporia firefighters had a busy end to the Fourth of July holiday.
Firefighters dealt with a grass fire in the 1400 block of Kansas Highway 99 shortly before 9:30 pm and a fence fire at 15th and Berkeley shortly before 11 pm. The causes of those incidents have not been released and there has been no report of injuries with either fire.
Earlier, crews were dispatched to 1514 Peyton shortly before 5:20 pm after a reported grass fire. A small amount of hay was damaged, and fireworks were the cause. No injuries were reported.