Child starts house fire in Hutchinson

December 11, 2017 - 5:17 am

After a house fire, the Hutchinson Fire Department is reminding parents to teach children fire safety.  KSN News spoke with Hutchinson Fire Chief Steven Beer who says the fire started Sunday morning in the 1400 block of E. 5th Avenue around 10:45 a.m. 

When crews arrived on the scene they discovered a pile of clothes on fire in a closet. The fire was quickly contained and no injuries were reported. 

Investigators determined that a 4-year-old child caused the fire by playing with a lighter. Authorities are reminding adults to teach their children to never play with matches or lighters. They suggest parents make it a habit of placing those items up and away from children. 

Also, they encourage parents to take time to teach children how to respond to the sound of a smoke alarm. Chief Beer said new statistics show that once a smoke alarm sounds, you have three minutes to get out safely.

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