Pets perish in Moorland blaze

Pets perish in Moorland blaze

-Messenger photo by Bill Shea
A firefighter directs a hose stream into a burning house at 324 Linden St. in Moorland Tuesday evening. Seven pets died in the blaze, which severely damaged the house. No one was injured.

MOORLAND — Seven pets died in a wind-whipped fire that ravaged a Moorland home Tuesday evening..

Four dogs and three cats perished in the blaze at 324 Linden St., according to Moorland Fire Chief Ken Thompson.

No people were injured.

The fire blew ash and embers onto the property directly across the street, nearly reaching the garage. The man who lives there pulled out a garden hose to protect his property.

The fire was reported at about 4:45 p.m.

-Messenger photo by Bill Shea
Firefighters from Moorland and Callender move in to extinguish a house fire at 324 Linden st. in Moorland Tuesday evening.

When firefighters arrived, there were flames coming from three sides of the two story wood-frame house, according to Thompson.

“The wind just pushed it right through the house,” he said. “It basically pushed it up and in.”

Firefighters relied on water from a hydrant and from tanker trucks.

Thompson said some firefighters went up ladders and into the house through second floor windows on the east side to finally stop the fire.

One of the owners of the house came home when the fire was discovered and pulled his sport utility vehicle so close to the building that the driver’s side was burned, Thompson said.

-Messenger photo by Bill Shea
Firefighters ain a hose stream to the upper levels of a house at 324 Linden St. in Moorland while putting out a blaze there Tuesday evening.

He said both floors of the house sustained extensive fire damage.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The house is owned by Marsh Properties LLC, of Fort Dodge, according to online records of the Webster County Assessor’s Office. It was built in 1880, according to those records.

Firefighters from Moorland, Callender, Barnum and Otho responded. Webster County sheriff’s deputies, Webster County emergency management and Gowrie police also responded.

Emergency personnel were on the scene until about 7 p.m.


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