Archive for Saturday, December 15, 2007

Firefighters respond to call at Maupin Mansion

Fire under control; one injury reported

December 15, 2007, 1:00 p.m. Updated December 15, 2007, 3:04 p.m.


Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical units responded to a house fire at 1613 Tenn. St. about noon today. The large brick house, commonly known as the Maupin Mansion, is on the National Register of Historic Places and is owned by Terrance and Elaine Riordan.

Fire chief Mark Bradford said a third-story tower area of the house caught fire, but the blaze was extinguished quickly. He said one occupant was in the home and suffered "minor exposure injuries."

The couple's 22-year-old son, Mark Riordan, said his 17-year-old brother, Joel, was in the home alone at the time of the fire. Mark Riordan said he arrived at the house when he learned about the fire about noon, at the same time as his parents.

Bradford said the family sought their own medical treatment.

Traffic prohibited from entering the 1600 block of Tennessee Street, to make room for several fire trucks.

Bradford said the cause of fire was under investigation and the damage estimate was not yet known, but both should be available later today.


Bobbi Reid 6 years, 4 months ago

Enforcer, yes kids have problems... but the Riordans are absolutely wonderful people, and I am sure they would hate to see a post about crack pipes and such.... now if you don't mind... please do not respond to my posts...just like I asked you on larryville way back when


Kathy Gragg 6 years, 4 months ago

"Former, what is that supposed to mean??? Dr. Riordan and his family are very kind people: you are way off base:"

Not so at all, you should check out some past police reports related to a youth in the family. Still it is sad. That house was under the ownership of the Maupin's for around 200 years before the good Doctor bought it. There was significant renovation done by crews that specialized in historic restoration after the purchase, which took months to complete.


Flap Doodle 6 years, 4 months ago

snap writes:

Still having a wonderful internet life.


Marion Lynn 6 years, 4 months ago

The fire reminds me of Mr. Maupin and his crappy old Corniche convertible and the day the front brakes set themselves on fire in Blue Springs, Mo.

He loved that house and I am glad that the Riordans have saved it.

His Pierce-Arrow was a much better car and the Dawn even better.


"Stuff" happens.

I likedta burned down my own place a few weeks ago when a pan of frying chicken livers and onions for no apparent reason caught fire!

Covered the pan quickly and extinguished the blaze.

Give it a break.


tubassoon 6 years, 4 months ago

WilburM, you hit the nail on the head. People always think they know everything about everybody else's business! The house looks way better than those Compton apartments that pop up every year in an already saturated market!


WilburM 6 years, 4 months ago

Wow, everyone is an architect, restoration pro, or design critic. The Riordans have taken a problematic house that is a Lawrence treasure and put a lot of money and effort into bringing it back. And for this they get these snarky comments -- all in the aftermath of what could have been a disastrous fire?

I suppose some more Compton apartments for studetns from wealthy families would be a better use of he property...


Bobbi Reid 6 years, 4 months ago

Former, what is that supposed to mean??? Dr. Riordan and his family are very kind people... you are way off base...


hawkperchedatriverfront 6 years, 4 months ago

The last time the house had any extensive work done was when Maupin and MeCaskey took it over and that has been well over 43 years ago. It needs to be gutted , rewired, plumbed and much more. It could cost a million dollars to do the place right. Old Mr. Emery didn't do anything when he had it, except drink.

When the place was open for touring, even then it left a lot to be desired. The windows didn't even have the cords replaced in them. Hardly a restored house by any means and even the good doctor got grants to do work. The money flows everywhere but the work is often not complete.

Something will get fixed in the place, but it really is not a family home by any means. Even Maupin and McCaskey didn't have a family. It is a two person or one rich ONE PERSON house.

I cannot imagine that living there would be that much fun with all the trash above it on Edgehill and the traffic on tennessee 24/7.

Hope they get fixed what needs to be fixed and enjoy the ambience.


FormerCentralKansan 6 years, 4 months ago

So what is the prescribed treatment for crackpipe burns?


Rancho 6 years, 4 months ago

The owner of the house is a physician and can certainly contact any of his fellow associates for treatment beyond his own expertise.


classclown 6 years, 4 months ago

srj (Anonymous) says:

"Bradford said the family sought their own medical treatment."

What does that mean?


I'm guessing that they elected to go to their own doctor rather than accept treatment from the paramedics or be taken to the hospital. Or perhaps wanted to go to a different hospital than the one here in town.


Steve Jacob 6 years, 4 months ago

"Bradford said the family sought their own medical treatment."

What does that mean?


George_Braziller 6 years, 4 months ago

It is horrible indeed when someone has to endure a fire and the aftermath. But the outside is more grand than the inside. Money and interior designers do not automatially equal good taste. Maybe they'll do better this time.


b3 6 years, 4 months ago

Beautiful house, tis a shame.


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