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FIRE DESTROYS HOME

May 17, 1999

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— Flames as high as 50 feet were reported in a fire that destroyed a home Sunday night west of Eudora. There were no injuries.

Firefighters on Sunday night were trying to determine the cause of a fire that gutted a two-story home undergoing renovation just west of Eudora.

About 35 firefighters and paramedics from five departments were called to the fire about 8:15 p.m. Sunday.

"It was totally engulfed when the alarm came in," said Eudora Township Fire Chief Carl Fredrich.

The home at 1393 East 2100 Road is owned by Robert Trapp and Steve Bogler, both of Kansas City, Mo., said Rosie Cain, who sold it to them about a year ago.

No one was living in the house, and no injuries were reported.

The house is located about a mile west of Eudora.

Trapp and Bogler could not immediately be reached Sunday night.

Fredrich said firefighters would have to wait for the remains of the home to cool down before an investigation into the cause of the fire could begin.

"I'll just have to contact the owner, and we'll just have to determine where it started and all that and the other," he said.

Larry and Lori Dalrymple, who live just north of the home, at 2102 North 1400 Road, called 911 when they saw smoke and flames.

"I could see flames from the road but I didn't know it was the house," Larry Dalrymple said. "Flames were about 50 foot up in the air."

A shed and several other wooden buildings are located near the house, which was situated on the grounds of the Himmel's Rand Christmas Tree Farm.

Authorities kept the public from driving or walking on East 2100 Road for more than 45 minutes after the fire was reported.

The fire was declared under control at 9:12 p.m., about an hour after firefighters were called.

The Dalrymples and Cain said the house was undergoing extensive renovation.

"They were adding on rooms and just redoing the whole thing," Lori Dalrymple said.

"It's an up, upscale house," her husband added.

Fredrich said he could not give a damage estimate.

Douglas County Sheriff's deputy Clark Rials said there was no furniture in the home.

In addition to Eudora Township, firefighters from Eudora city, Wakarusa Township and Johnson County Rural District No. 3 were called to help.

A crew of Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical paramedics also were called for a standby.

-- Michael Dekker's phone message number is 832-7187. His e-mail address is mdekker@ljworld.com.

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