Burlingame residence destroyed by fire Wednesday afternoon

A rural Burlingame residence is a total loss after it was consumed by a fire Wednesday afternoon, the Osage County Sheriff’s Office has reported.

In a press release issued this morning, the sheriff’s office said at 2:17 p.m. Nov. 11, several 911 callers reported a fire at a residence at 19299 S. U.S. Highway 56, Burlingame.

Osage County fire districts No. 6, No. 2 and No. 1 responded along with Osage County sheriff’s deputies and Osage County EMS. Upon arrival, heavy smoke and flames were coming from the split-level home, which is owned by Steven J. Smith according to county land records.

Fire crews closed U.S. 56 for approximately one hour because of heavy smoke. Due to high winds, a grass fire started at the residence and spread across the highway and continued about a mile to the east where it was contained at Auburn Road.

Osage County fire districts No. 3, No. 4, No. 5, and No. 7, along with Scranton, Harveyville, Auburn and Dover fire departments were called to assist with the grass fire.

The sheriff’s office said the residence was a total loss, and no injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation today, according to the sheriff’s office.

A burn ban was in effect Wednesday across Osage County due to high winds and low humidity.

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