Jeremy Gaston/Herald-Chronicle

Jeremy Gaston | Reporter

Temperatures were at their coldest at the end of last week, but single-digit highs weren’t enough to prevent calls to residential fires in Lyndon and Osage City Friday afternoon.

In Lyndon, firefighters responded to a call at 10th and Jefferson streets in just after 3 p.m. Friday when a passing firefighter noticed flames and smoke coming from the home. Bryce Romine of the Lyndon Fire Department said that the fire was under control in less than 20 minutes.

“They got it knocked down pretty fast,” Romine said.

Romine said the fire was contained to a southeast room of the home, occupied by David Cox and his wife and their two children. No one was home at the time of the fire.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office said the cause of the fire was undetermined, according to Romine. Osage City and Melvern fire departments assisted with the response.

Shortly after being cleared from the Lyndon fire, the Osage City Fire Department was called to another residential fire at 327 Market Street, the home of Christopher Wecker, where fire was reported underneath the porch.

Firefighters discovered a small hot spot underneath the back of the house.

“They were trying to thaw a frozen water pipe with a propane heater,” said Osage City Fire Chief Dan Romine. “It was a small fire, and there was no interior damage to the house, just a little exterior damage where the fire was.”

Lyndon and Burlingame departments responding with mutual aid were cancelled before arriving at the scene. Firefighters were at the scene for less than 30 minutes.

Romine estimated the damage to the home at more than $2,000, and encouraged vigilance when using heating elements, especially open flames, to thaw pipes.

“They can easily ignite stuff,” Romine said. “Be very cautious, and don’t leave them unattended.”

In Wecker’s case, it could have been worse.

“Fortunately they were home, so they caught it pretty quick,” Romine said.

Temperatures were around 5 degrees at the time of both fires. A warming trend this week should reduce the risk of frozen pipes, and the need to thaw them.

“Hopefully we’re done with that kind of cold weather,” Romine said.