Garage fire considered suspicious

Hillsboro firefighters responded to a garage fire Thursday, June 10, at the home of Terry and Bev Seger, 308 N. Ash in Hillsboro.

According to Fire Chief Ben Steketee, firefighters were alerted about the incident at 7:58 p.m. with fire trucks arriving on scene at 8:02 p.m. The fire was controlled by 8:20 p.m.

Steketee said the volunteers got there early enough that fire damage was confined to the inside of the garage, but Kansas State Fire Marshal Jeff Davis was called to assess the blaze.

In his preliminary findings, Davis ruled the fire to be suspicious, in part because the garage door had been left unlocked prior to the incident.

No other information regarding the investigation was available at press time.

Firefighters used foam, Steketee said, which helped remove heat quickly, penetrating the fire by soaking in rather than rolling off like water does.

One problem that made getting to the scene more difficult was the detour for road construction on North Ash Street, Steketee said.

Four fire trucks and 11 firefighters responded to the fire and stayed until the scene was cleared at 9:26 p.m. when the scene was cleared, he said.

Law enforcement and fire officials are urging residents to keep their cars, homes and garage doors locked at all times.

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