A Bethel Acres woman saved her dogs after returning home to discover her house was on fire Monday morning, but the fire spread quickly and the home is a total loss. No injuries were reported.
Bethel Acres Fire Chief Richelle Treece said the fire occurred at 17207 Highway 102, with firefighters responding to the scene just before 9 a.m.
The homeowner left her home to run errands Monday morning, but when she returned, she opened the door and “smoke came pouring out,” Treece said.
“She hollered for her dogs and got them out,” Treece said, and then called 911.
Volunteer fire crews from Bethel called for automatic aid from Shawnee, Treece said, and about six crews members from each department arrived to battle the blaze.
Treece said the fire was likely smoldering inside the house for quite some time while the homeowner was away, but when the door was opened, oxygen allowed the fire to quickly spread.
Cause of the fire is officially listed as undetermined, although Treece said the homeowner had been using the fireplace and put the last log on the fire sometime overnight.
The 3,000 square foot brick home was a total loss, Treece said, adding the home was insured.
Treece said crews used a portable drop tank to collect water from tankers to fight the blaze. She estimated crews used about 20,000 gallons of water.