Man Discovers Wasp Nest, Tries to Burn it, Ignites Home

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The Hutchinson (KS) Fire Department responded to a fire at 929 West 2nd Ave. after the homeowner burned a mattress and ragweed in an attempt to destroy a wasp nest. The makeshift pest-repellent ignited the home, and fire crews showed up to extinguish it at 10:47 p.m. Sunday.

First-arriving crews reported heavy fire and smoke showing from the single-story home’s rear, with the lone occupant removed at the time.

Crews noted they had a difficult time entering the home due to hoarder-like conditions; they described the abode as uninhabitable.

No firefighters were injured during the incident, and investigators interviewed the homeowner and determined the cause of the fire.

The Hutchinson Fire Department was assisted by the Reno County 911 Dispatch Center, Hutchinson Police Department, Reno County EMS, Kansas Gas, and Evergy.

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