Saturday fires destroy two area homes




Two homes were completely destroyed by fires on Saturday, but the causes of each are undetermined.

While neither fire resulted in serious injuries, Garden City Fire Chief Allen Shelton said both fires resulted in total loss of the properties.

The first one occurred Saturday afternoon at 11780 Aster Lane in Pierceville. Shelton said both the Garden City and Pierceville fire departments responded to the alarm at 1:35 p.m. and were on scene until 4:12 p.m.

"The fire was totally involved when we were on scene," Shelton said.

He said the occupant of the residence, Ronald Tompkins, 67, was not home during the fire. There were no injuries.

The second fire occurred at a mobile home at 3754 W. Jones Ave. at about 6 p.m. Saturday.

"It was 50 percent involved when we arrived on scene," Shelton said, adding that the GCFD remained on scene until 8:32 p.m.

James Drury, 48, Skylynn Telham, 5, and Jaquelyn Drury, 3, escaped without serious injury. But Shelton said James Drury and Jaquelyn Drury were treated at the scene.

"The occupant of the trailer was carrying his daughter out the front door, one of the children, and when he opened the door, there was a fire there and they had just some minor flash burns. None of them were transported at all. They were just looked at on scene," he said.

Another occupant, Jennifer Hansen, 26, was not on scene at the time of the fire.

Shelton said that due to the extensive damage to both homes, the causes likely will remain undetermined.

The fire department also responded to 29 fireworks-related calls since June 27, when fireworks sales began.

The Garden City Police Department received 28 total fireworks-related calls from Wednesday through Friday.

From those, the GCPD made 23 attempts to locate offenders and five warnings were issued.

The Finney County Sheriff's Office reported five total calls.

Sheriff Kevin Bascue said two were fireworks-related fires that the FISO assisted the GCFD on and that the other three were citizen complaints.

"We had a citizen complaint on the 4th at approximately midnight of discharge of fireworks. The subjects were warned," Bascue said. "The other two calls were for discharging fireworks, but when the deputies got to the area, they did not locate any violations."

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