A Miami County sheriff's deputy who was also notified shortly after the fire department dispatch- arrived at 11:24 a.m..
The deputy reported "the back" of the "2-story" house on fire- and even with "heavy smoke" in the house- the deputy bravely tried to determine if anyone was still inside.
At 11;30 a.m.- "the owner" of the house reportedly presented himself to that deputy- and told him that "no one was inside" the house "but a cat."
The first fire crew arrived at 11:32 a.m.- and the Paola fire department was also called to this scene as the fire-fight is underway in near freezing temperatures and brisk northwesterly winds.
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