UPDATE: Douglass home a total loss following fire

By: KAKE News Email
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DOUGLASS, Kan. -- The community of Douglass is coming together to help after two separate house fires in less than a week.

Five churches in the town have joined together to help and gather donations for the families affected by the fires.

Pastor Judy Voyles of the First Christian Church says that the people of Douglass have really shown what their town is about. "You don't have to go and ask and beg for help, its just the people, who ever has a need, it doesn't matter who it is, they step up and they meet that need," she said.

The first fire happened in the evening on Sunday, Feb. 16 destroying a home worth up to $200,000. The other fire happened Saturday night. The homes had families that lived inside, but with both fires, no one was hurt.

The problem that the churches are encountering is that the two fires have nearly ran their supply of donated items and funding out. Pastor Voyt Lynn of First Baptist Church said "we have had several different benevolent needs that have arisen in our community, and our benevolence funds were exhausted."

While most would be concerned about this, both Lynn and Voyles have faith that the community is going to increase donations now that there are two families in their small community that are homeless.

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A home in Douglass is a total loss following a fire Saturday evening.

The fire was reported shortly after 8:30 p.m. in the 500 block of East Oak. Douglass Fire officials say a neighbor spotted smoke coming from the house and contacted 911.

When crews arrived they immediately went defensive on the fire and battled it from the outside. The fire appears to have been burning for some time before it was reported.

The cause is still under investigation and a damage estimate was not available at the scene. No one was hurt.

This is the second house fire reported in Douglass in less than a week. Last Sunday, fire destroyed a two story Victorian-style home ion the 400 block of South Forrest Street.

In that fire, an alert neighbor was able to get a woman out of the burning home. The fire started on the front of the home and caused 100,000 to $200,000 in damage. The cause of that fire remains under investigation.

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