UPDATE: Man who died in Cowley County house fire identified

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email
Fire crews were called to a structure fire in the 12200 block of U.S. 160 Highway, near Burden early Sunday morning.

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COWLEY COUNTY, Kan. -- A 78-year-old man has died of injuries he sustained in a house fire early Sunday morning.

Fire crews were called around 1:30 a.m. to a structure fire South of Burden, off U.S. 160 Highway, about seven miles east of Winfield.

Three people were inside the home at the time including a woman and her adult grandson, who were able to escape the fire suffering from smoke inhalation. But soon after crews located 78-year-old Richard Schooley. He was taken to an area hospital, but died a short time later.

Rescue crews were able to save a border collie that was in one of the bedrooms. They originally thought she had died, but were able to resuscitate her once they made it outside.

Firefighters had the blaze extinguished within an hour of arriving. The cause is under investigation, but investigators believe the fire was started by a faulty power cord on to a space heater.

There were multiple smoke detectors in the home, but it's unclear if they were working. The heat and smoke was so intense that the devices had melted.

Newscow reports the same residence was the scene of a fire on July 4. An old farmhouse, belonging to the Schooley family, had caught fire. Family members said the old house was used for storage.


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