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Archive for Sunday, December 9, 2001

Fire damages KU prof’s home in Alvamar

December 9, 2001

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Fire broke out at a home of a Kansas University professor on the 2000 Block of Alvamar's Hogan Drive late Sunday Morning. Firefighters responded to a call from a neighbor who saw and smelled the smoke just before 11 a.m.

Jennifer Capps, a next door neighbor who called in the report, said she walked out of her home to leave this morning, and she saw what she first thought was fog. She said she then saw smoke but thought it was coming from a fireplace, because it was rising from near the home's chimney.

KU professor Saeed Farokhi surveys the fire damage to his home.

KU professor Saeed Farokhi surveys the fire damage to his home.

"It didn't smell like a normal fire, though," Capps said.

Capps called 911 then pounded on the door of the house but no one was home.

Teresa Chandler, another neighbor, said she walked out of her home when she heard sirens and saw big flames coming from near the roof of the home.

The home belongs to Kansas University aerospace engineering professor Saeed Farokhi.

Farokhi said he was at work when he received a call from ADT security. Farokhi returned to the home, but was not allowed by firefighters to enter the home to survey the damage.

The fire appeared to have done the most damage at the rear of the house on the third floor. A window was completely destroyed and guttering above the window was melted.

Smoke stains also were visible around attic vents around the house and smoke continued to rise from the vents for nearly an hour after firefighters arrived at the scene.

Firefighters at the scene said the cause of the fire was unclear and still under investigation.

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