Archive for Thursday, June 18, 1998


June 18, 1998


Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical personnel early this morning were investigating the cause of a fire that ignited at one house and spread to another in southeast Lawrence.

Damage estimates from the blaze, which began about 11:15 p.m. Wednesday, were still being determined early this morning.

Witnesses said they saw a ``string of fire'' on the side of a home at 2722 Bonanza. High winds then spread the fire to a carport and tree on the north side of the house. The flames then ignited an adjacent home at 2720 Bonanza.

Five people living at 2722 Bonanza escaped the residence without injury. Neighbors said a woman and her son at 2720 Bonanza also escaped without injury.

Fire Battalion Chief Jerry Karr said when firefighters arrived about 11:20 p.m., there were heavy flames on the north side of 2722 Bonanza. He said the fire damaged a bedroom at the second residence.

The fire in both of the one-story residences was declared under control about 11:45 p.m.

Meredith Hitchcock, 20, and Cory Loomis, 24, both of 2721 Bonanza, said they saw the fire and went across the street and alerted residents in both homes to leave.

Fire & Medical personnel called in the department's occupant services division to assist residents who had been displaced by the fire.

It wasn't immediately known how many residents were displaced by the fire.

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