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Archive for Sunday, April 15, 1990

FIRE DAMAGES KU GUEST HOUSE

April 15, 1990

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An attic fire in the chancellor's guest house at Kansas Unversity Saturday night caused little damage to the structure.

No one was in the house at the time of the fire, and there were no injuries.

The guest house is north of the KU chancellor's house, which is located at 1532 Lilac Ln., on the KU campus.

McSwain said the fire was extinguished in a matter of minutes. About 15 firefighters and three trucks responded to the fire about 11 p.m.

The cause of the fire was unknown late Saturday night, but McSwain ruled out the possiblity of arson.

"There's absolutely no evidence to suggest that it's anything but an accidental-type fire," he said.

The fire caused "very little damage" to a corner of the attic and roof in the two-story stone and wood guest house, Fire Chief Jim McSwain said.

McSwain said the house received "light smoke damage, some fire damage, and some water damage."

About one tenth of the attic area was affected by flames and smoke, he said.

"Considering the access to the building, type of building and so forth, I'd say there was very little damage," he said.

Although no people were in the house at the time of the fire, firefighters were searching for two cats that were believed to be in the house.

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