FREDONIA, Kan. (AP) - Authorities have released preliminary damage estimates of last week's grass fire that burned more than 1,300 acres in Wilson County.
Emergency Management officials said Monday that the fire affected 12 landowners. One home was totally destroyed, along with several outbuildings. Firefighters were able to save five other homes in the path of Thursday's fire.
The fire also destroyed 28 electrical poles, more than 300 bales of hay valued at $30,000 and killed one calf. More than 8 miles of fencing with a replacement value of $123,000 also burned.
The cause of the fire may never be determined, but authorities believe it may have been started by a discarded cigarette.
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