Hoarding, roof collapse hinder crews fighting house fire in Hutchinson

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Courtesy Hutchinson Fire Department Courtesy Hutchinson Fire Department
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KAKE) -

Officials say hoarding conditions made it difficult to extinguish a fire at a Hutchinson home early Tuesday morning. 

Crews were called just after midnight to the 700 block of East 2nd Avenue. The Hutchinson Fire Department said the homeowner reported the fire after returning from getting groceries. 

Firefighters arrived to find smoke and flames emanating from the residence. Along with hoarding conditions, a partial roof collapse hindered their efforts. 

The home was deemed uninhabitable and the Red Cross is working with the homeowner. No injuries were reported. 

While the cause of the fire is still under investigation, the fire department reminds residents to not overload electrical outlets, to use space heaters properly and to ensure there is a working smoke detector on each floor of their homes. 

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