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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Cause of fatal Dec. fire determined

  • A fire that claimed two lives just two days after Christmas has been deemed an accidental electrical blaze.
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  • A fire that claimed two lives just two days after Christmas has been deemed an accidental electrical blaze.
    Captain Ken Spencer of the Dodge City Fire Department said a space heater in the home was plugged in via an extension cord running behind a couch in the living room of the residence.
    "We don't know whether it was the outlet, the extension cord or the heater that caused the fire, but we're not going to go any further with our testing," Spencer said. "We know the elements involved and know it was a combination of those elements."
    And although the local fire department is no longer investigating the fire, Spencer said private investigators are looking deeper into the cause to see if any one element or company can be held liable for the loss.
    The home is set for demolition pending the conclusion of all investigations. Fire Chief Kevin Norton said approximately 50 percent of the structure was involved in the fire. He also confirmed that no smoke alarms were present in the residence
    HOW YOU CAN HELP Monetary funds and drop off locations for items to help the surviving members of the Conejo family have been in place for the past few weeks. An account has been established at the Dodge City Credit Union under the name "Conejo Family donations." Monetary donations can be made at all Dodge City Credit Union locations as well as the branch in Cimarron.
    In addition to that account, monetary donations are also being accepted at the customer service desk in the Dillons on Fourteenth Ave.
    Donations of household items can be taken to the Frontier Kia location at 10868 West Wyatt Earp Blvd. A representative from Frontier Kia said the Conejo's still need furniture, appliances and household items like dishes. They are also in need of more men's clothing. All of the donated items will be stored at the Days Inn until the family has a place to keep them.

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