MOUNT HOPE, Kan. - A two-story home caught fire in northwest Sedgwick County early Thursday, and burned for more than two hours.
Crews were called to 300 South Ohio in the small town of Mount Hope just before 1 a.m..
Gusty winds make the job difficult for firefighters. There were times when the fire seemed to be under control, but it kept flaring up. Witnesses say flames were 15 feet high at times.
Crews needed more than two hours to bring things under control. While Mount Hope only has about 800 residents, the town has its own volunteer fire department. Andale police were also called to provide assistance.
Firefighters believe high winds caused power lines to the house to arc, setting the back of the home on fire. The home is a total loss.
The house has been vacant for several years. The owner told KAKE News he's been meaning to turn off the electrical system, but the fire beat him to it.