Community rallies around Hays family after infant daughter dies in house fire

The Hays Fire Department said a child died from injuries in the Wednesday-afternoon fire.
The Hays Fire Department said a child died from injuries in the Wednesday-afternoon fire.(KWCH)
Published: Sep. 21, 2022 at 8:32 PM CDT
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HAYS, Kan. (KWCH) - Update: A Hays family’s infant daughter died in a Wednesday afternoon fire that destroyed their home. Surrounding communities are responding to help in efforts that include gathering clothing items and donating money for the Chester family.

“All sorts of prayers, a lot of prayers going out to everybody and asking how they can help,” said Tina Conger, a Chester family relative. “A lot of support, not only from the Hays community, but also Plainville and surrounding areas. So that definitely is going to be helpful in the coming days.

As of Friday afternoon, the GoFundMe page set up for the family has raised more than $24 000.

The Hays Fire Department confirmed a child died Wednesday afternoon from injuries suffered in a house fire.

Around 3 p.m., firefighters from the Hays Fire Department, the Ellis County Fire Department, Ellis County Emergency Medical Services and the Hays Police Department responded to the report of a fire in the 100 block of West 37th Street, in Hays.

On the way to the scene, first responders heard the report that a child was trapped inside the house.

Firefighters found the child and removed them from the home. An ambulance took the child to Hays Medical Center.

“It is with a heavy heart that we report that the child later died from injuries caused by the fire,” the Hays Fire Department said in a news release.

The department said the fire caused extensive damage to the home and the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause.

Clothing items are being gathered and donations are being made to a GoFundMe set up for the family.