A structure fire in central Emporia Monday morning is under investigation.

The Emporia Fire Department responded to the blaze at about 10:45 a.m. Monday at 1019 Garfield St.

No one was injured during the fire, which took place in a detached garage on the back side of the house. The cause is still being investigated.

“The point we’re at right now is trying to figure out why this building started on fire when they were getting ready to haul it off today,” Emporia Fire Department Captain Ryan Schmidt said.

According to Schmidt, the structure was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived at the scene.

“It was fully involved, on the ground already,” he said.

According to Schmidt, firefighters knocked the flames down with water and foam.

The building appeared to be empty when it went up, according to Schmidt.

He said the owners were in the process of having the building removed. They had already knocked the structure down, according to Schmidt, and someone had been expected to come clean up the debris Monday.

No damage was sustained by the home itself, though some overhead lines and several trees near the property were charred by the flames.

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