Woman safe, man presumed dead following Butler County standoff, fire

BUTLER COUNTY, Kan. (KWCH) UPDATE: 12:45 a.m.
Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet says a woman who was being held against her will in a house is now out. She was taken to an area hospital for evaluation.

At some point, the house caught fire and the man who authorities say was holding the woman against her will is presumed dead inside.

The woman told authorities the man set a fire in the fireplace, then, once it was going, he pulled the fire into the middle of the room.

She also told them there was a propane tank in the home and the man may have had dynamite.

A SWAT member saw the woman by a window. The officer broke the window and brought the woman to safety. She was able to walk on her own and talked with authorities at the scene.

Sheriff Herzet says the woman will be interviewed and booked into jail, once cleared by the hospital.

Authorities say they've been to the home on several occasions. Recently the woman was found underneath the home under the influence of drugs.

The Sheriff is expected to release more information on what happened some time Sunday afternoon.
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The Butler County Sheriff's Office is responding to a possible hostage situation and standoff Saturday night.

Dispatchers received a call around 7 p.m. from a home in the 2400 block of southeast 60th. No one said anything, but a disturbance could be heard in the background.

Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet says deputies were dispatched to the area and they were unable to make contact with the residents.

Through the investigation, they discovered a man was holding a woman against her will inside the house.

The Kansas Highway Patrol and SWAT team are assisting in the standoff. A helicopter is also en route to the scene.

Herzet says there are no reports of injuries.

The sheriff's office is asking everyone to avoid the area. Eyewitness News has a reporter headed to the scene to monitor the situation.