3 dogs died in FD blaze

A Wednesday night apartment fire that killed three dogs was most likely caused by an electrical problem, according to firefighters.

Initially four dogs were reported to be in the apartment house at 204 K St. Fire Department Capt. Steve Teske said Thursday that there were three dogs, and they were found dead in cages in the second-floor apartment that caught fire.

No one was injured in the blaze, which was reported at 8:19 p.m. Wednesday.

Assistant Fire Chief Doug Ostbloom, who is the city’s fire marshal, said the fire was most likely caused by an electrical problem.

”The tenants reported that the breakers tripped about two hours before they left to go to the store,” he said.

He said that report plus information gathered at the scene caused him to conclude the fire was probably caused by an electrical problem.

However, because he wasn’t able to pin down all the circumstances regarding the start of the blaze he said its origin is being officially listed for now as ”undetermined with the most probable cause being electrical.”

Ostbloom said the fire started in a second floor room at the front of the building. Flames were coming out of a window in that room when firefighters arrived.

Teske said there was fire damage in that room and part of the attic.

There are two apartments in the building, one on the first floor and one on the second. Both apartments are uninhabitable, according to Teske.

No one was home when the fire started.

Online records of the Webster County assessor’s office list the property owner as Blayne T. Tiernan. Those records also indicate the structure was built in 1911 as a single family house.