By Karen LaPierre
Great Bend Tribune – March 22, 2014
A fire damaged two Hoisington homes, at 2:20 p.m. March 15. The fire began at 223 E. First St. When fire fighters arrived, flames were coming from two west windows and heavy smoke from the upstairs. The fire spread to the neighboring home next door to the west due to the proximity. Hoisington Police Chief Jim Sekavec said it was quickly put out, but caused approximately$10,000 in damage. The cause of the original fire is unknown. Sekavec said it took 30 minutes to get that blaze under control, but the house received substantial damage, including siding, bedroom, bathroom, upstairs and attic as well as smoke and heat damage throughout the home. He estimated $50,000 damage. Family members were home when the fire occurred. Thirteen Hoisington fire fighters responded to the blaze, and Sekavec asked for mutual aid from Claflin. Three fire fighters from Claflin responded. There were no injuries, although one fire fighter was treated and released for possible smoke inhalation.