An English country-style home owned by the Hays family, of Hope, was destroyed by fire Sunday morning, and Hope police are working with the Hope Fire Department to determine a cause.
An English country-style home owned by the Hays family, of Hope, was destroyed by fire Sunday morning, and Hope police are working with the Hope Fire Department to determine a cause. The residence at 407 E. 18th Street was completely gutted by the early-morning fire, according to Hope Assistant Fire Chief Tod Martin. Martin said the HFD was called to the scene shortly after 6 a.m. Sunday. HFD responded with three fire trucks and battled the blaze for about two hours, he said. “The east end of the home was fully involved, and it was spreading; so, it went fast,” Martin said. Firefighters remained on the scene for about another hour. “We spent some time getting valuables out of the house that we were able to salvage,” Martin said. He characterized the house as a “total loss.” He said the occupant of the residence, Christi Hays and family members, were in the home at the time of the fire, but no-one was injured. Martin said the fire appeared to have started in the vicinity of the garage. “I don't know that it started in the garage, but it was on the east end of the house,” he said. Martin said the fire is still under investigation, since no definitive cause has been determined at press time Monday. “We looked at it yesterday and could not come up with anything,” he said. Hope Police Captain Jim Bush said this morning that HPD investigators are working with the fire department to determine a cause. “They are going to get with the fire chief and see if there is anything that needs to be looked into,” Bush said. “Until they rule it out, they are going to make sure.”