A fire at a residence in Dodge City claimed the lives of woman and a small child Thursday.
First responders were dispatched to 1715 N. 2nd Avenue around 11 a.m. to a heavy fire engulfing the front and north side of a home.
Captain Ken Spencer of the Dodge City Fire Department said four people were able to escape the blaze. According to neighbors at the scene, those who exited the residence tried, but were unable, to get back in to help the two victims. Spencer said the survivors were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene.
A two-block section of Comanche St. from 1st Ave. to 3rd Ave. was closed until the evening hours so crews could access the residence, which is located on the corner of 2nd Ave. and Comanche St.
Spencer said it took nearly 35 minutes for firefighters to put out the flames which spread throughout the house and into the attic. A crew of roughly 15 firefighters as well as Ford County Fire/EMS were able to keep the fire from spreading to neighboring homes while also battling winter temperatures of 19 degrees.
Spencer said the fire is believed to have started in the living room, but the cause is still under investigation.
According to county records, the home is owned by Claudio Conejo.
Spencer said that upon initial investigation, no smoke detectors were found in the home. He added, that as of Thursday afternoon, the 911 call was made by an off-duty police officer who saw the smoke when driving by the residence.
The names of the deceased have not been released by law enforcement.