Butler County woman dies in early morning fire

(KSN File Photo)

Douglass, KS – Butler County Fire responded to a reported structure fire around 12:45a.m. Sunday morning at 18695 SW Santa Fe Lake Road in Douglass.

A firefighter from Rose Hill was the first on the scene and reported that the structure collapsed with a portion of one wall still standing.

The structure was a manufactured home with a car in the driveway leading firefighters to believe there might be someone in the home.

After the fire was controlled, a body identified as Lydia Cox, age 75, was discovered in the rubble.

The fire appears to have originated in the kitchen but the cause is still under investigation.

The home was not insured and damage estimates have not been made but the home was a total loss and the vehicle in the driveway was damaged by heat.

Deputies from the Butler County Sheriff’s office assisted the fire investigator called to the scene.

An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

A total of 14 firefighters responded to the scene plus a fire investigator and several deputies.


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