Hutchinson House Fire Kills 9 Animals

By: Jared Cerullo Email
By: Jared Cerullo Email

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Friday, January 7, 2011

Fire destroys a Kansas home this morning and, along with it, a lifetime of memories for one Hutchinson man. Randy Yingling is heartbroken after fire destroyed much of his home. It's even more complicating considering he's still trying to recover from the loss of his wife, too.

"My son called me from here and called me at work to let me know about it," Yingling said Friday.

By the time he got home from work, firefighters had the blaze out, but the damage left behind was severe. Randy and his family were cleaning up the mess Friday afternoon.

"Mostly they had it put out already," Yingling said. "A lot of firemen around. I was just worried about my dogs and, of course, they didn't make it."

In all, nine of Yinglings pets were killed. The only pet to survive was a Labrador Retriever that was outside when the fire broke out early Friday morning.

"I had a couple Yorkies," Yingling explained. "One I bought from my wife before she passed away a couple years ago. Then I got another one since then. Then we had an old Schnauzer."

The fire is all the more heartbreaking because it comes after the recent death of Yingling's wife. Firefighters are searching for the cause of the blaze.

"They don't know," Yingling said. "I had an air conditioner in the window that was a heater, too. I was running it for heat, so they thought it might have been it."

Yingling isn't sure if he'll even be able to refurbish the house. Fire investigators say the damage from the fire makes it a total loss. Meanwhile, Yingling is being helped by the Red Cross for the next few days.

Yingling is currently staying with his mother, who also has an account set up at Central State Bank. If you would like to make a dontaion, you can make it in the name of Florence Carlson.

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