Archive for Monday, December 15, 2008

Fire crews investigating fire at south Lawrence home

A chimney fire causes $20,000 of damage to a south Lawrence duplex.

December 15, 2008, 12:07 p.m. Updated December 15, 2008, 4:24 p.m.


A duplex in south Lawrence sustained about $20,000 in damage after an accidental chimney fire around noon Monday.

Lawrence Douglas County Fire and Medical Division Chief Eve Tolefree said people were home in the 2600 block of Jordan Lane when fire broke out at 11:50 a.m., but no injuries were reported.

Firefighters cited frigid temperatures in asking for additional units and in case the fire spread to the attic. But they had it under control in the chimney just after 12:30 p.m., Tolefree said. Beyond saying the fire was accidental, fire investigators did not list a specific cause.

The duplex is about three blocks south of the Clinton Parkway-Kasold Drive intersection. The Douglas County appraiser’s Web site lists the property’s value at $131,620.

Jane Blocher, executive director of the Douglas County chapter of the American Red Cross, said the adults living there declined assistance because the residents have other places to stay.

“They wanted to save (Red Cross services) for somebody who needed it more than they did,” Blocher said.


junco_partner 9 years, 2 months ago

Hope everyone is alright. The dudes who live there are good people.

justthefacts 9 years, 2 months ago

Wonder if they were burning paper (and not wood) or if the flue had not been cleaned out properly. Might be interested in a follow-up by LJW on what caused it and how to avoid chimney fires. There will be a lot more people using fire places, given the economy, and burning trash in a fire place is a common practice for some people.....

Thinking_Out_Loud 9 years, 2 months ago

Methinks justthefacts is speculating without facts that justify the speculation.

bearded_gnome 9 years, 2 months ago

Methinks justthefacts is speculating without facts that justify the speculation.did that ever stop people from speculating on this site? ***good job occupants, saving Red Cross resources for those who need it more!

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