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Home a total loss following Friday morning fire in Kaplan

City's water conservation efforts helped put out fire
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Posted at 7:58 AM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-19 23:58:47-05

KAPLAN, La. — First responders were on the scene of a house fire Friday morning in Kaplan.

Fire Officials say the fire happened in the area of 2nd Street and Jackson Avenue.

At least 5 fire engines and two ambulances and police responded.

Family tells KATC that there was a small fire yesterday in the home's central heating system. It was able to be put out but seems to have sparked up again today.

The man who lived in the home was staying with family when the fire started. No injuries were reported.

The Mayor of Kaplan, Mike Kloesel, tells KATC that the town has been conserving water this week after the big freeze.

He says those conservation efforts contributed to the fire department's ability to have water and put out the fire before the wind could spread it to neighboring homes.

Fire officials said earlier this week that Kaplan's water pressure was so low, fighting fires in the town would be problematic.

The house appears to be a complete loss.

KATC's Abby Breidenbach was on the scene this morning.

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