Archive for Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Prosecutor to review house fire information

December 23, 2003

Tonganoxie police soon will send to prosecutors documents pertaining to a house fire three months ago.

"I'll probably wrap it up and send it up to the county attorney, and they'll determine whether to file any charges," said John Putthoff, Tonganoxie's acting police chief.

Putthoff said he hoped to forward the information this week.

The fire occurred Sept. 30 at a house at the northeast corner of Third and Shawnee streets. The house was destroyed.

No one was home at 303 E. Third St. when the fire broke out about 3 a.m.

At the time, firefighters said the house was engulfed in flames when they arrived. Only a brick chimney and a pile of blackened wood remained after the fire was brought under control about 4 a.m.

Fire Chief Dave Bennett said firefighters could not launch an interior attack of the blaze -- a first in his 17 years as a firefighter.

The fire was hot enough to melt siding and guttering on a neighboring house that was 16 feet away.

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