At 3:05 p.m., Thursday, city of Hays emergency dispatchers were notified of a structure fire in the 2200 block of East 15th Street in Hays. The Hays Fire Department, assisted by Ellis County Fire Department Co. 5, Hays Police Department and Ellis County EMS, was immediately dispatched.

Arriving firefighters found the house fully engulfed in flames. Fire crews placed 3 hose lines in service to control the flames.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Hays Police Department assisted by the Hays Fire Department and an investigator from the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Five firetrucks and 17 firefighters responded. The last crew left the scene at 9 p.m.