Sheriff: Several central Kansas house fires were heating-related

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Fire near Claflin (Barton Co. Sheriff's Office) Fire near Claflin (Barton Co. Sheriff's Office)
Fire near Claflin (Barton Co. Sheriff's Office) Fire near Claflin (Barton Co. Sheriff's Office)
GREAT BEND, Kan. (KAKE) -

A central Kansas sheriff says three house fires that happened in as many days were all heating-related. 

Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said the most serious of the fires happened at around 11:30 p.m. Sunday. Deputies and fire crews were called to the 700 block of East K-4 near Claflin. They arrived to find the house engulfed in flames. 

No one was in the home at the time, but Bellendir said the tenants had been using a wood burning stove. The house was a total loss.

Crews also responded to a fire south of Hoisington on Barton Avenue late Friday morning and another Saturday evening north of Great Bend on Northeast 30th Road. 

Both of those fires caused substantial damage and were heating-related, Bellendir said.

No injuries were reported.

A separate fire near Great Bend on Friday killed a 66-year-old man and injured his wife. The cause of that fire is under investigation.

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