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June 6, 2001

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Cause 'undetermined' in rural house fire

The cause of a Monday afternoon fire that destroyed a house south of Lawrence has been listed as "undetermined" by the Wakarusa Township Fire Department.

Firefighters and Douglas County Sheriff's officers were called to the house at 1202 E. 1094 Road about noon, fire and sheriff reports said.

The occupant of the house was identified as Ovyd Torneden, 61. Total losses were estimated at $50,000, the sheriff's report said.

Torneden was not hurt in the fire, but he was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital by Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical to be checked as a precaution, the report said.

Torneden was receiving assistance from the Douglas County Chapter of the American Red Cross, Wakarusa Township Fire Chief Rod Brown said.

No further investigation was planned on the fire, he said. Arson is not suspected.

Two hospitalized after 3-car accident

Two people were hospitalized in stable condition Tuesday after a three-car accident on Interstate 35 in Franklin County. The accident occurred at 2:37 p.m. at mile marker 192 northeast of Ottawa.

The first vehicle, driven by Karl Soukup, 24, of Holyrood, attempted to make a U-turn in a construction zone. A second car, driven by Richard Jensen, 48, of Fort Worth, Tex., struck the first car. A third car, driven by Melissa Porter, 22, of Blue Springs, Mo., then hit the second car.

A passenger in the first car, David Harvey, 20, of Bonner Springs, was transported to Ransom Memorial Hospital in Ottawa, where he was treated and released.

In the second car, Richard Jensen and Bernidette Jensen, 45, were transported to the Overland Park Regional Medical Center, where they were in stable condition. Brianne Bishop, 15, of Fort Worth, was transported to Ransom Memorial Hospital, where she was treated and released.

MS Walk breaks record again

The Multiple Sclerosis Walk for the Eastern Kansas Branch of the National MS Society broke a record for proceeds once again this year.

Lawrence's walk, which was April 28 at Burcham Park, drew 156 walkers who raised $19,505. Last year's Lawrence walk raised $13,275. More than 900 walkers raised a total of $130,000 throughout eastern Kansas, an increase of almost 20 percent from last year's total.

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