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Man and dog escape fire at KOA

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KOA fire

A quick-moving fire claimed a residence at KOA on Monday night.

A 29-year-old man and his miniature beagle, Max, escaped from a quick-moving fire at the KOA on Kaw Avenue on Monday night.

Authorities received a report of the fire at 9:38 p.m. A propane heater malfunction caused the blaze to erupt, said Jeff Miller, director of fire services. The man noticed a blue flame traveling up the wall and fled.

The flames destroyed the camp trailer. It was worth about $5,000. Another $2,000 in items also received damage, Miller said.

The man and his dog stayed at a hotel Monday night with assistance from the American Red Cross. The organization is working to secure a few more nights for the duo and help replace some of the items destroyed.

A neighboring trailer received some damage from radiant heat.

No injuries were reported. Miller said seven firefighters with three engines responded to the blaze.


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