Eastern Kansas barn fires declared arson

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Stay up-to-date with KAKE News:

READING, Kan. (AP) -- A pair of early-morning hay barn fires in east-central Kansas have been declared arson, and authorities are asking the state fire marshal's office to help investigate.

Lyon County Sheriff Jeff Cope told KVOE-AM on Thursday that officials ruled out lightning or other natural causes after checking with the National Weather Service.

The two fires were reported within an hour of each other starting at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday near the Lyon county town of Reading. Damage to one of the hay barns is estimated at $100,000. The loss to the other is estimated at $15,000.

A $1,000 reward for information has been posted by Lyon County Crime Stoppers.

The town of Reading is located about 15 miles east of Emporia.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
KAKE TV 1500 N. West Street Wichita, KS 67203-1323 (316) 943-4221
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 253798341 - kake.com/a?a=253798341