HUTCHINSON, Kan. -- The Hutchinson Fire Department said weather conditions made it difficult to fight a house fire yesterday.
The fire broke out around 5 p.m. Tuesday in the 200 block of West 13th. When crews arrived, the roof was engulfed in flames.
An adult and two dogs were in the home when the fire started, but made it out safely. Red Cross has been assisting the occupant.
According to the fire department, the deep snow and freezing temps made fighting the fire difficult and extra crews were brought in to assist. The area along 13th Avenue from Adams to Jefferson has large amounts of ice buildup from the water used to fight the fire.
It took about 45 minutes to get the fire under control, but some units remained on the scene overnight.
The fire caused heavy damage to the both floors and the roof. It will most likely result in a total loss. It's been ruled accidental, but the cause is still under investigation.