Archive for Monday, January 28, 2008

Flames engulf vacant house

Fire reported shortly after remodelers left premises

January 28, 2008


Fire crews respond to evening blaze

Fire crews responded to multiple fire calls to a home in eastern Lawrence on Sunday evening. Enlarge video

Firefighters responded to a two-alarm fire Sunday in east Lawrence.

Flames shot out of the roof and windows of the one-story home at 1207 E. 13th St., which neighbors said had been vacant for several years.

Fire Chief Mark Bradford said no injuries were reported, but firefighters had to retreat from the interior of the house after flames became too harsh.

Cash Wyatt, who lives next door to the home, said the structure was being remodeled after it was sold at auction following the death of the previous owner several years ago. He speculated the blaze may have resulted from an electrical source.

"They just turned the electricity on in the last couple of weeks," he said. He said construction crews left the premises about 3 p.m., roughly an hour and a half before Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical received multiple 911 calls about the fire.

Bradford said 14 firefighters were initially dispatched to the scene, and reserve firefighters were being called to respond to other emergencies.

The fire was under control by 7 p.m., Bradford said.

The fire's cause is under investigation, and a damage estimate had yet to be determined by Sunday night.


Kristine Bailey 10 years, 3 months ago

It was probably the plumbers again. Those pesky soldering torches.

cowboy 10 years, 3 months ago

more probably an unlicensed / inexperienced contractor or do it yourselfer

toefungus 10 years, 3 months ago

Hmmmm. This wouldn't be the slum lord attorney that works for the city, would it?

bangaranggerg 10 years, 3 months ago

A truer story would have the headline: Poor Investment Property Actually Catches Fire By Accident : Not owned by First Management.

Steve Jacob 10 years, 3 months ago

Insurence companies have been worried more and more about fire "accidents" over the last few months with homes under repair, can't sell, or forclosure.

Fireman aren't dummies. They will at least look at the owners business records.

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