The Kansas State Fire Marshal’s office is running tests on samples to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed the Don Girard home Friday afternoon.


The Kansas State Fire Marshal’s office is running tests on samples to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed the Don Girard home Friday afternoon.

Greg Agnew, an investigator for the fire marshal’s office was on site at 605 Gardner until 10:30 p.m. Friday night gathering samples from the fire debris. It will take some time before the test results are complete and the cause of the fire is known, said Pratt Fire Chief David Kramer.

“At this time it’s unknown what caused the fire, ”Kramer said.

The fire was so intense Kramer decided to bring in the fire marshal’s office to help determine the cause.

Girard and an adult grandson were home at the time of the fire. They were able to escape the home without injury. Two dogs also escaped the fire but the fate of a family cat is unknown, Kramer said.

The fire gutted the entire south end of the home, severely damaged the rest of the home and a small travel trailer at south end of the house.

Part of the basement in the house had burned through and a fireman’s feet went through the floor but the fireman was not injured.

Girard said they dropped some paint cans and other aerosol cans in front of the dryer earlier and that is the most likely source of the fire but that is just a guess.

“Everything was burned so badly it was hard to determine the cause,” Kramer said. “At this time there is nothing suspicious about the fire.”

One of the two men was outside the house when the explosion occurred at 12:57p.m. and saw the explosion blow out a window in a workshop/storage area connected to the house on the west side of the south end. An attempt to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher was very brief, Kramer said.

The house was a total loss and Kramer estimates the damage at over $50,000.