Eastern Kansas barn fires declared arson

Fire (KSN File Photo)
Fire (KSN File Photo)

READING, Kan. (AP) — A pair of early-morning hay barn fires in east-central Kansas have been declared arson, and authorities are asking the state fire marshal’s office to help investigate.

Lyon County Sheriff Jeff Cope said on Thursday that officials ruled out lightning or other natural causes after checking with the National Weather Service.

The two fires were reported within an hour of each other starting at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday near the Lyon county town of Reading (REHD’-ing). Damage to one of the hay barns is estimated at $100,000. The loss to the other is estimated at $15,000.

A $1,000 reward for information has been posted by Lyon County Crime Stoppers.

The town of Reading is located about 15 miles east of Emporia.

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