Two Clay Center Men Assist Woman From Burning Home

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- Two Clay Center men help to assist woman out of her burning home Thursday evening.

The Clay Center Fire Department was dispatched to 825 Hidden Valley Drive just before 6:00 p.m. Thursday. Once on scene they reported seeing flames coming out the garage doors as well as the north east side of the residence.

A neighbor on scene says two Clay Center residents, Myron and Dalton Converse entered the burning home to assist homeowner Marion Mellies out.

Fire Chief John Ihnen says firefighters attempted several interior attacks to fight the blaze, but were turned back. An aerial pumper was deployed, as well as other exterior attempts. Another pumper was brought in by Clay-Hays Rural Fire to assist with the blaze.

The fire was eventually contained within 2 hours.

After a preliminary investigation it was determined that the cause of the fire was an unattended propane BBQ grill in the garage.

The home belongs to Jay and Marion Mellies.

There's no estimated dollar loss of the home, it's believed to be a total loss