Only two minutes after the alarm went out- the house was reported to be "fully-engulfed" in flames by a police officer who had just arrived.
The occupants had made it outside uninjured- waken by their cats.
Fire crews began arriving in minutes and the firefight was on with temperatures around 50- low humidities and brisk southerly breezes.
By 1:38 a.m. CST- the EMS crew at the fire reports an injured firefighter- and requests another EMS unit to take their place.
According to EMS reports- the "28-year-old male- passed out while fighting the fire."
The firefighter was in good condition while on the way to Lawrence Memorial Hospital for a check-out.
A fire crew from Franklin county KS was also summonded to the scene at 1:45 a.m. CST.
The structure appears to be a total loss as of 4 a.m.- but no further injuries were reported.
The occupants were missing the 3 housecats that alerted them to the fire.
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.