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Pomona crews aid fight against structure fire

By CRYSTAL HERBER, Herald Staff Writer | 12/21/2012

MICHIGAN VALLEY — A day-long fire that started early Friday morning sent local firefighters into neighboring Osage County to assist.

Three houses in the small town of Michigan Valley were a total loss, Alan Radcliffe, Pomona Fire Department assistant chief, said. The fire continued to burn into the evening hours, Jim Foster, firefighter for Overbrook Fire District No. 4, said at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

MICHIGAN VALLEY — A day-long fire that started early Friday morning sent local firefighters into neighboring Osage County to assist.

Three houses in the small town of Michigan Valley were a total loss, Alan Radcliffe, Pomona Fire Department assistant chief, said. The fire continued to burn into the evening hours, Jim Foster, firefighter for Overbrook Fire District No. 4, said at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

No injuries were reported in the blaze, Radcliffe said. It was thought Friday that only one of the residences was occupied, he said, although the residents were in Topeka at the time of the fire.

At about 10 a.m. Friday, a residence at 213th Street and Michigan Road, near Pomona Lake, caught fire. Shortly after, the neighboring structures, which were about 15 feet from the initial blaze, also caught fire, the Osage County Sheriff’s Office reported. Two of the homes were houses, and the third was a mobile home.

The Pomona department sent three trucks to the scene after a mutual aid call from the Osage County department, Radcliffe said. Two trucks were on scene until 1 p.m., and the other was there until about 2 p.m., Radcliffe said.

“Pomona went over to help with the water supply. We took two tankers and pumper and we helped extinguish the fire or get the fire under control,” Radcliffe, who also is Franklin County’s emergency management director, said. 

Other departments on scene included Carbondale Fire District Three, Lyndon Fire District Five and Osage City District Two. No cause had been determined Friday and an investigation was likely to begin after the fire was completely extinguished, the Osage County sheriff’s office reported.

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