Geary County Rural Fire officials confirm that the cause of a fire in Milford on Thursday stemmed from a child playing with a lighter. A house at 209 Whiting was a total loss in the incident.
The residence was occupied by the Mary Henning family. No one was injured. There was some insurance coverage.
Geary County Rural Fire Chief Garry Berges said Thursday that firefighters responded to Milford. The call came in to dispatchers just before 10 a.m. "Initially the report was that just the porch was on fire. It was located in the 200 block of Whiting Street ( 209 Whiting ), which is in the central part of the city of Milford."
Prior to arrival by firefighters the blaze spread to the rest of the house, said Berges. "The entire residence was engulfed in fire when we arrived on scene. " Geary County Rural Fire responded and there was an ambulance on standby from the Junction City Fire Department. Fort Riley Fire Department was also asked to respond because of surrounding structures that were in danger. The fire was brought under control at approximately 10:15 to 10:30 a.m.
There were no injuries. The Red Cross responded to the scene to help the family that resided in the house. A damage estimate and the cause of the fire are not yet known.