TOWANDA, Kan. -- Several people are safe after a house fire this morning in Butler County.
The fire broke out around 8:15 a.m. at a home in the 500 block of East Main Street in Towanda.
According to the Butler County Sheriff's Office, six people were inside the home when the fire started.
Two women who had just dropped their children off at school saw smoke coming from a nearby home. One called 911 while the other began pounding on the door.
The two women, along with another passerby who stopped and a sheriff's deputy were able to get all six people safely out of the home. The occupants included a woman in a wheelchair and a 3-year-old child.
Several dogs and cats also made it out alive, but two cats reportedly died in the fire.
The cause remains under investigation and a damage estimate has not yet been released. Investigators said there was not a working smoke detector in the home.
A fund for the Payne family has been set up at the Towanda State Bank in Towanda.
KAKE News has a crew on scene. Check back for updates.