HUTCHINSON, Kan. -- An electrical fire damaged a home in Hutchinson early Tuesday morning.
Around 5:30 a.m., the residents of a home in the 600 block of East 2nd Avenue called 911 after their ceiling fan had fallen in the kitchen. They also reported smelling smoke a few hours prior.
The four adults who were inside made it safely out of the home.
When firefighters arrived, they found a smoldering fire in the attic. The fire was extinguished and damage was contained to the kitchen area, with the ceiling and insulation being removed. Units were on scene for about two hours
The preliminary cause appears to be electrical, but the source is still under investigation. Damage is estimated at approximately $5,000.
Hutchinson Deputy Fire Chief Doug Hanen said this time of year puts a strain on electrical systems. He also said don't hesitate to call the fire department any time you smell smoke or a burning smell in your home, as firefighters have specialized equipment that can locate hot spots or smoldering behind walls and ceilings.