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Archive for Friday, June 19, 1998

SOURCE OF BLAZE AT HOMES UNKNOWN

June 19, 1998

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Fire investigators weren't able to pinpoint the cause of a fire that started in a carport of a southeast Lawrence house, causing more than $50,000 in damage to two houses and two cars.

The fire broke out shortly after 11:15 p.m. Wednesday at 2722 Bonanza, then spread north to 2720 Bonanza, damaging a bedroom there.

``We're probably going to leave this as undetermined at this point,'' Fire Marshal Rich Barr said Thursday afternoon.

``The reason is that we can't rule out an electrical cause, and the fact the area was unsecured and pretty much accessible to anybody,'' Barr said about the carport.

Fire investigators with the Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical Department walked through the area with residents of the house. There were empty gasoline cans and some flammable liquids in the area, but nothing directly where the fire started, Barr said.

Twenty-two fire and medical personnel responded to the fire, with three fire engines, a ladder truck and six support vehicles. Some birds being kept as pets died, but no one was injured, Fire Battalion Chief Dan Morrow said.

The total estimated damage from the fire is $54,000. Morrow said that 2722 Bonanza had $28,000 in damage, and 2720 Bonanza had an estimated $20,000.

-- Chris Koger's phone message number is 832-7126. His e-mail address is ckoger@ljworld.com.

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