Winds cause problem for crews battling Shawnee house fire - KCTV5

Winds cause problem for crews battling Shawnee house fire

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SHAWNEE, KS (KCTV) -

Firefighters battled the wind along with flames Wednesday at home in Shawnee.

The fire happened shortly after noon Wednesday to the home located in the 24800 block West 78th Street, which is a neighborhood west of Highway 7.

Investigators said contract workers on doing some painting caused the fire that destroyed the home.

A family dog had to be rescued from the home and was rushed the area animal hospital for treatment. No workers were injured.

Authorities said contractors were inside the home spraying lacquer, which is highly flammable. The fumes met a spark in the house, causing a blast that tore part of the house off.

A window opened for ventilation allowed fresh air to stream in, fueling the flames, Lenexa Fire Chief Eric Ramsey said.

The high winds made the job that much harder for firefighters.

Small fires are still in the basement. Because the home was damaged so much, heavy equipment will have to be brought in to level it and extinguish the embers.

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