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Five people displaced by blaze

Fire strikes house in Oread

October 19, 2005

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Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical officials look over the damage following a fire that damaged a house that had been converted into apartments at 1216 Tenn.

Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical officials look over the damage following a fire that damaged a house that had been converted into apartments at 1216 Tenn.

A two-alarm fire caused an estimated $100,000 in damage early Tuesday to a home converted to apartments at 1216 Tenn.

The fire was reported about 1:35 a.m. The cause was still under investigation Tuesday evening, Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical officials said.

Five people who lived in the home were displaced and received emergency assistance Tuesday from the Red Cross. In addition, at least three cats and a dog were unaccounted for, residents said.

Elsewhere, another fire was reported about the same time in a vacant trailer at Gaslight Village, 1900 W. 31st St. Officials believe that fire was intentionally set.

Because both fires happened at virtually the same time, additional fire crews were called from Olathe and Lenexa for backup, interim Fire Chief Mark Bradford said.

Inspector Mark Thomas, standing, and firefighter Justin Temple survey the rear portion of the structure on Tuesday.

Inspector Mark Thomas, standing, and firefighter Justin Temple survey the rear portion of the structure on Tuesday.

Comments

Richard Heckler 9 years ago

Can fire departments from out of town respond quickly enough or does Lawrence need to consider the possibility of more fire trucks? Growth does not come free. What if the back up support had to return due to an emergency? This past two or three weeks has seen the need for back up it seems.

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lunacydetector 9 years ago

...because KU deemed it necessary to have one nearby offtotheright.

yes, merrill - we'll need larger fire fighting capabilities - notice these places are apartment buildings? just what our leaders love -people living in congested apartment buildings. build up and not out is their motto.

thank God no humans got hurt or worse. the horrifying risks of cramming people so close together......but at least we got those expensive roundabouts for our safety.

lawrence is such a joke anymore.

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Explorer2005 9 years ago

Lawrence has a large capabilities but its not often you have to 2alarm house fire with 5 mins separting them. everyone who is dogging the fire dept you should run calls with them and put yuor life on the line with the fire tone sounds. well guess are firefighterd are the best and they are committed to saving and protecting lives and property.

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princess 9 years ago

For everyone (on this thread and the others from the past couple of weeks) fretting about fire trucks and response time: Put your money where your mouth is.

By that I mean, keep these concerns in mind when the time comes to fund the men and women who save your lives and your property. Whether that funding be for a new fire station or for more trucks and equipment. These people are professionals and they are VERY well trained. The Lawrence FD is one of the toughest to get hired for in the whole state. That is because they are deadly serious about skills and training. Not only before you can become a member, but constantly thereafter.

Why are we building another fire station? Because Lawrence is growing and it is sorely needed. End of story.

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kansasboy 9 years ago

Explorer and Princess both have good points. If you want more trucks and more fire stations then vote to raise the mill levee's vote for taxes to supply fire and police. I am a full time firefighter in Johnson County I know how important it is for resources to be at a fire. Also keep in mind we don't do this for the money we do this because we care about people and there property. Explorer is right, ride out with LDCFM to see what its really like or if have the guts join a FD full time or volunteer. If your under 21 you can be a fire explorer. I promise you its alot different than the Hollywood version everyone seems to think it is.

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Charles L Bloss Jr 9 years ago

There are three things I do not mind paying increased taxes for: good law enforcement, good fire protection & good medical response when someone needs these things NOW. I live in the county and fortunately we have all three. Our sheriff department is top notch, our volunteer fire department/medical first responders are well trained and work for nothing (bless them all) ! Thank you, Lynn

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hawkeyes 9 years ago

It is funny how so many people like to bash Lawrence Fire and Police Depts.

"Big cities" like Olathe, Lenexa and even Kansas City ask for help when there is a large fire. How rare it is to have TWO large fires in the same city at the same time.

Also, when the article states that they called in other Departments, sometimes that just means that those extra people hang at their station...just in case a big call comes in while the local firemen are out. I guarantee that the WHOLE station did not come from Lenexa or Olathe...they take care of their own stations, too.

Yes, Lawrence may need another firestation, more firefighters and more trucks. However, they are doing a fantastic job working with what they have.

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