Fire damages two Tribune homes

4/8/2013

By The Hutchinson News

By The Hutchinson News

TRIBUNE — Fire swept through two homes in downtown Tribune early Saturday morning as firefighters fought the blaze in 30 mph winds.

The fire began about 1 a.m. in the home of Sergio and Alicia Villalobos, 615 Second St., according to a press release from Greeley County Sheriff Mark Rine. The couple and all of their family escaped safely.

While fire units from Greeley and Wichita Counties responded, they were hindered by strong northwest winds. The fire spread to the neighboring home of Loretta Stone. Everyone in that home also escaped safely.

Greeley County Fire Chief Don Henson did not have estimates on the dollar loss caused by the fire, but he said the Villalobos home was a total loss and the Stone home received extensive damage.

Preliminary investigation showed the fire started in the carport on the south side of the Villalobos home, Henson said.

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