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Illegal firework violations can cost hundreds of dollars, jail time; police planning vigorous enforcement

Those looking to celebrate Independence Day with a bang may want to consider leaving the city limits if they want to avoid a hefty fine. Fireworks have been banned in Lawrence since 2002, but that didn’t stop many Lawrence residents last year from hosting their own backyard fireworks shows. In 2014, Lawrence police received 226 fireworks calls and issued 34 citations for illegal fireworks over the week of Fourth of July. By Caitlin Doornbos

52-year-old Lawrence man dies after garage fire

A 52-year-old Lawrence man died after firefighters found him inside his burning garage early Saturday morning, Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Chief Mark Bradford said Monday.

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Through the ashes: Pet World Wilderness Camp brings joy after heartbreak

When a fire ruined beloved local pet store Pet World on Memorial Day, among owners’ worries was how the business would run the annual summer camps that have brought kids so much joy over the years. But through hard work and community support, one of the four different camps was able to go off without a hitch recently. By Caitlin Doornbos

Concert benefiting Pet World set for Monday evening

First Christian Church will play host to a benefit concert on Monday evening for Pet World, which suffered a large fire on May 25, causing the 27-year-old Lawrence pet store to close its doors.

Monday evening house fire displaces family; neighbor helps rescue dogs

A family was displaced but no one was injured in a house fire in eastern Lawrence Monday evening. The fire, at 2517 Maverick Lane, was first spotted by 16-year-old Kade Bassett, who noticed smoke billowing from the house next door as he took his dogs out Monday evening, he said. As he walked to the side of the property, he began to see flames.

Pet World could open temporary location as early as June 17

Pet World co-owner Sherry Emerson on Monday announced the pet store will open a temporary location in the former Copy, Print and Ship shop in the same 711 W. 23rd St. strip mall as Pet World’s former location as early as next Wednesday.

Construction begins at Jefferson's following January fire; restaurant could open in August

Jefferson’s restaurant at 743 Massachusetts St. is on the road to reopening, owner Brandon Graham said Thursday after announcing he’d received a permit this week to begin construction on the fire and smoke damaged building.

Officials say Pet World fire was accidental 'electrical event', caused $500,000 in damage

Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical officials ruled Thursday that the fire at Pet World, 711 W. 23rd St., was accidental, Fire Department Division Chief Eve Tolefree said.

Pet World owners vow to rebuild after fire destroys store, kills animals

Vigil scheduled for 8:20 p.m. Wednesday

In the wake of a Memorial Day fire that killed an undisclosed number of animals and injured dozens more, members of the Lawrence community flocked Tuesday to the burned ruin of Pet World, 711 W. 23rd St., to mourn and show support for the business that brought them so much joy. A candlelight vigil at the store was scheduled for Wednesday evening.

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Pet World fire kills many small animals; python, some others survive

Community expresses heartbreak, support for popular store

An unknown number of animals died Monday in a midday fire at Pet World, 711 W 23rd St. Rescue workers brought out 20 to 30 tarantulas, many fish, a large python and other reptiles. In addition, Pet World's tortoises and some feeder rats, a few hamsters and gerbils were safe in separate locations. The store's mammals and birds died from smoke inhalation, Pet World's owners said.

Guilty pleas entered in Burger King robbery

Sunny and comfortable weather in the forecast today with a high of 67 degrees. Winds will be out of the NW around 10 mph. Partly cloudy skies overnight and cool, with lows dipping into the mid 40s. Even warmer weather ...

School board cuts mental health support program

A storm slowly taking shape out to our west will turn winds, gusting at times up to 20 mph, from the southeast. The south bit of the wind will help to draw some warmer air into Northeast Kansas, Wednesday. Highs ...

KU dean addresses thin crowd about budget woes

We should see mostly sunny skies today as temperatures reach well into the 40s. We'll have mostly clear skies tonight, which will drop the temperature back down into the 20s. Expect temperatures to skyrocket into the upper-50s on Saturday. We'll ...

City in a hurry to start Kasold project

Expect snow to begin falling early this afternoon. We will be in a winter advisory for much of the day. Snow will continue to fall overnight resulting in 2-4 inches of snow by morning. Expect a high today around 20. ...

Outlet blamed in Free State fire

Showers are expected off and on through the morning. The wind will be out of the north between 10-20 mph with gusts near 30 leaving our daytime high at a cool 68 degrees. Our skies will clear for the evening ...

Fire delays expansion plans for Free State Brewery

Expect rain showers for the afternoon as clouds and a strong south wind begin to build in for the afternoon. Our high temperature will top out at 76 degrees with a south wind between 10-20 mph with gusts near 25. ...

Lawrence man to face trial for arson

After a cool start to the day, plenty of sunshine will help keep our temperatures in the mid 80's. Look for an afternoon high around 85 degrees with a light wind out of the southeast by late-day. Our evening temperature ...

House fire caused by illegal use of fireworks

Some patchy fog in the morning, but clearing out to be a hot and sunny day. House fire near campus caused by illegal use of fireworks: An early morning fire destroyed the home of eight KU students at 1005 Indiana. ...

Fraternity fire near 14th and Tennessee streets

Smoke and flames showing at Sigma Chi house, near 14th and Tennessee streets, just before noon on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014.

North Lawrence Fire

Crews respond to a fire at the intersection of Locust and North Fourth streets Thursday afternoon in North Lawrence.

Tuesday morning fire

Fire crews responded to a fire at an apartment complex at 2413 Ousdahl Road Tuesday morning around 7:15 a.m.

Crews respond to fire at Peppertree Apartments

Crews work to put out a fire at the Peppertree Apartment complex, 2100 Heatherwood Drive

Fire at Gaslight Village

Crews respond to a fire Tuesday morning at the Gaslight Village mobile home park on 31st Street.

Burning of the Baker Wetlands

Dr. Roger Boyd of Baker University, along with volunteers, participated in a controlled burn of the Baker Wetlands, Thursday April 5, 2012. The burn took place south of Lawrence, and is conducted annually to clear old grass, eliminate weeds and promote new growth.

Meadowbrook Apartment Fire

Crews respond to an early-afternoon fire at the Meadowbrook Apartment complex.

Family displaced by fire

Roger and Camay Guillory and their 9 children lost their rural Douglas County home in a fire early Friday morning.

After a fire, dogs continue to rescue

A fire destroyed Peggy Mersmann-Laptad's home on Sept. 29, but two of her dogs saved her boyfriend's life by waking him in time to escape. Mersmann-Laptad says her dogs continue to keep her going as she picks up her life after the fire. Photos of the fire by Nick Krug.

Rescue crews douse blaze in southwest Lawrence

Fire crews worked to put out a fire in the 2200 block of Rodeo Drive around midnight Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011.