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Fire destroys Manson home

Colshan: Blaze likely started in kitchen

February 12, 2014
By PETER KASPARI ( , Messenger News

MANSON - A house in Manson was destroyed by a fire Tuesday morning after four departments were called to help battle the blaze.

The fire at 1739 10th Ave. was reported to firefighters around 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Manson Fire Chief John Colshan said the home was a total loss after the fire.

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Two Manson firefighters stand in the bucket of a backhoe while extinguishing a fire at 1739 10th Ave. in Manson. Fire Chief John Colshan said the fire likely started in the kitchen before it spread to the roof and then the attic. Jason Allard, the home’s owner, was at work when the fire was reported at 9 a.m.

"We don't know for sure, but it appears to have started in the kitchen," Colshan said. "From there it got to the roof and then into the attic."

Eventually the roof of the house collapsed, and firefighters had to break down a wall to help put the fire out.

"We did that to try and get to the hot spots," Colshan said. "But after the roof collapsed it was hard for us to get in there."

Colshan identified the home's owner as Jason Allard, but said he was at work when the fire started. Nobody else was inside the home when the fire broke out.

Although the home is a total loss, Colshan said there were items that could be saved.

"We actually could salvage a number of his items," Colshan said. "A lot of it probably has smoke damage."

Many items that were recovered were moved into the garage, which some firefighters stood on top of while working to extinguish the blaze.

By noon, most of the fire had been extinguished with just a few hot spots inside the house needing attention from firefighters.

In addition to the Manson Fire Department, Colshan said firefighters from Rockwell City, Knierim and Barnum also responded to the scene for mutual aide.



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