‘We’re really lucky we weren’t home’: Valley Center homeowner speaks out after devastating fire


A Valley Center family is picking up the pieces after their home was destroyed by a fire Thursday night. 

“Our house was engulfed. I mean, it’s just devastating watching everything go up in flames,” said homeowner Bobbi Allan.

The fire started in the home in rural Valley Center in the 8400 block of N. Broadway. That is just north of Hartman Arena.

Firefighters had limited access to nearby water due to the rural location of the home.  

The Allan family that lives in the home was not there at the time the fire broke out. 

“Honestly, we’re really lucky we weren’t home we went to a choir concert for my daughter otherwise we would’ve been asleep, my third shift, daughter was at her friend’s house, we were just really lucky honestly,” said Allan.

Family members flocked the scene to check on their loved ones, relieved to find they were not home at the time. 

“Everyone’s OK, that’s all that matters to me,” said Melvin Collins, brother of the homeowner. 

The family said they did lose some pets and nearly all of their belongings in the fire.

“We literally had what we had on us and that was it,” Allan explained.

The Allans returned to what was left of their home on Friday morning.

“There’s just ash. We picked through some stuff. We got a few pictures. They are mostly burned,” Allan said. “Devastating. It’s literally black, char, ash. There is nothing left.”

Despite losing nearly all of their belongings, Allan said she is thankful she and her family were not hurt.

“What’s most important is my family and they are all safe. We are just pushing together as a family,” she said.

The American Red Cross is assisting the family. 

The Allans are currently staying with other family members in Valley Center while they figure out their long-term living situation.

77th to 85th on Broadway was closed for several hours while crews continued to work. 

Authorities have not yet said what caused the fire, however family members said they believe it was caused by a heater in the home. No other details have been released at this time. 

A GoFundMe for the family has been established and a list of sizes in clothing and shoes for the family can be found below.

  • Emmy, 9 years old – Children’s slim pant, 10/12 shirt, 4.5 size shoe
  • Madison, 12 years old – 0-1 pant, Adult S/M shirt, 11 size shoe
  • Candace, 16 years old – Adult 6-7 pant, Adult M shirt, 9 size shoe
  • Sarai, 18 years old – Adult 8/9 pant, M shirt, 8 size shoe
  • Bobbi (mother) – 18 pant, XL-3X shirt, 10 size shoe (needs a steel toe for new job)
  • Daniel (father) – 38/32 pant, 2X-3X shirt, 11.5 w – 12 size shoe

A friend of the family is accepting donations and they can be sent to 6448 N. Wendell, Park City, Kansas 67129.

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