At 6:08 p.m. Saturday, the Hays Fire Department, assisted by the Hays Police Department and Ellis County EMS, was dispatched to a building fire in the 1300 block of Schwaller Avenue. On arrival, firefighters found a fire on an outdoor wood deck at 1339 Schwaller Ave.
The resident was able to control the fire prior to the arrival of firefighters. Firefighters used two fire extinguishers with penetrating foam to extinguish hot spots and make sure the fire would not rekindle.
In addition to fire damage to the wood deck, the fire extended to the exterior wall of the building.
The most probable cause of the fire was determined to be from improperly discarded smoking materials.
Four fire trucks and 14 firefighters responded. The last firefighters left the scene at 6:37 p.m.