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30-year-old man dies in house fire

The Newton Kansan

30-year-old man dies in house fire

Chris Strunk

Newton Kansan

In a prayer and candle-light service Sunday, friends and family mourned the death of 30-year-old Irwin E. Lemus in front of the Newton house where he died.

Lemus, a 1988 Newton High School graduate, was killed in a house fire late Friday or early Christmas Day after he apparently was overcome by smoke at 120 W. Second in Newton.

Newton fire investigators are awaiting an autopsy to determine the exact cause of Lemus' death.

Investigators don't know how the fire started. But Randall McBee, Newton fire marshal, said the blaze started in the living room.

"As far as the cause, we've got interviews we need to finish up to determine that," McBee said. "There weren't many flames, just a lot of smoke and heat."

McBee said 9-1-1 dispatchers received the call just before midnight Friday.

A Newton police officer was the first on the scene of the house fire.

McBee said it didn't take fire department personnel long to extinguish the flames.

"There was a little bit of flame damage in the living room," McBee said. "Two rooms in the house sustained smoke and fire damage."

He said Lemus apparently was a friend of the man who rented the small house.

The 9-1-1 call was placed by a neighbor.

"Right now, we're looking at this as an accidental death," McBee said. "There was nothing suspicious, and we want that confirmed by an autopsy."

Owner/SourceHarvey County Genealogical Society
Date8 May 2014
Linked toIrwin Eduardo Lemus

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