Ashland fire investigators are working to uncover the cause of a fire that scorched the inside of a rental home in the 700 block of Walnut Street this morning.

Ashland fire investigators are working to uncover the cause of a fire that scorched the inside of a rental home in the 700 block of Walnut Street this morning.

Tom Bean, who lives at the home, said his wife returned from taking their son to a doctor's appointment and saw smoke pouring from the home. She called the fire department at about 11:35 a.m.

Ashland Fire and Rescue sent two engines, and Jackson County Fire District No. 5 sent one, said Ashland Fire Capt. Walt Anders. When firefighters arrived, they found smoke rolling from the front door and windows.

Crew battled the heat and fire for nearly 20 minutes. The fire was contained to the kitchen, but smoke permeated the entire house, Anders said.

"There's smoke damage everywhere," Bean said.

He said the family has renter's insurance and the insurance company and property management firm were helping them.

An investigator continued to search for a cause of the fire this afternoon, Anders said. Bean suspected an electrical problem, but said all the appliances were off.

"We didn't even cook breakfast this morning," he said.

— Anita Burke