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Fire destroys one cabin, damages another at Lakeview Club northwest of Lawrence

A fire Tuesday morning caused about $100,000 in damage. The building was located northwest of Lawrence at the Lake View Club.

December 1, 2009, 8:13 a.m. Updated December 1, 2009, 11:26 a.m.

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Crews called to fire northwest of Lawrence

A building caught fire northwest of Lawrence Tuesday morning in the Lakeview Lake area. Enlarge video

Firefighters work the scene of a Tuesday morning fire in the 1800 block of East 1125 Road in the Lakeview Lake area northwest of Lawrence.

Firefighters work the scene of a Tuesday morning fire in the 1800 block of East 1125 Road in the Lakeview Lake area northwest of Lawrence.

A fire Tuesday morning destroyed a cabin and partially damaged a second one at the private Lakeview Club northwest of Lawrence.

Wakarusa Township Fire Chief Chris Moore said there were no injuries because no one was home at the two cabins when the fire started.

A passerby on East 1150 Road called in the blaze before 8 a.m., and firefighters from several townships responded. Moore said flames were already through the roof of the cabin at 1081 N. 1816 Road, where the fire initially started. The fire was under control after about 20 minutes, he said.

Flames did spread to the south and damaged a shed as well as siding on a second cabin.

Moore said fire investigators were still looking into how the fire started.

“In all likelihood, this (cause) will go down as undetermined because it is completely gone,” he said.

The fire department estimated the cabin that was destroyed sustained $100,000 in damages, which includes the contents inside the cabin, Moore said. The fire caused between $10,000 to $15,000 in damage to the exterior of the second cabin, he said.

In addition to Wakarusa Township, firefighters from Lecompton and Kanwaka townships, plus Lawrence Douglas County Fire Medical, provided assistance.

Comments

BadAssterson 4 years, 4 months ago

It doesn't matter what the property is appraised or insured for. The estimated amount of damages is what the fire department estimates the cost of replacing or repairing the damages will cost. The insurance company will inspect and determine a more accurate estimate of damages.

Even if the property is under-insured for $50K, it can still sustain damages more than this amount. The owner will just be limited to the $50K from their insurance company though.

Also, the $100K amount estimated by the fire department includes personal property too, not just the cabin itself.

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Pywacket 4 years, 4 months ago

jezabel, kindly take your meds and wipe the foam from your lips. I can't speak for hipper than hip, but I assumed these were just some uninhabited lakeside cabins--perhaps the kind the public can rent. As no one was killed or injured, it didn't occur to me that someone would go into shock and require medical attention if this discussion included a few earnest questions & answers about the fire marshall's determine of dollar loss in a fire.

I think hipper's question was interesting and valid. I, too, would like to know how they arrive at these numbers--by county evaluation? by the amount a structure and contents are insured for? some calculation using these and other figures? This is something that (unfortunately) could affect any of us at some time in our lives and I don't know why such a question shouldn't be asked.

For the record, if anyone "lost everything," I extend my sincere sympathy and apologize for any unintentional insensitivity.

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justforfun 4 years, 4 months ago

cunsumer1 Your bashing of DC gets soooo old. Do you really think he would have owned one of those dumps??? Let me tell ya those are ALL dumps at Lakeview.

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ou812mr2 4 years, 4 months ago

DONT FORGET ABOUT BIG D. IT WAS SUCH A SHAME HE COULDNT SELL HIS MOTORHOME AND THEN IT BURNT TO THE GROUND. DANG THE BAD LUCK. IF THE APPRAISAL POSITION FOR DOUGLAS COUNTY IS AN ELECTED POSITION I WOULD VOTE FOR CHRIS MOORE. I NEED AN INFLATED HOME VALUE! COME ON CHRIS I'LL VOTE FOR YOU. OK SO SERIOUSLY, THE FIRE WAS UNDER CONTROL IN 20 MINUTES? IS THAT BECAUSE THERE WAS NOTHING LEFT?

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jezabel 4 years, 4 months ago

WOW people really, who cares so much about how they valued something and lets feel sorry for the people that lost everything. Just be glad no one was hurt and only one place was lost and not several. I think people now days worry to much about $ then anything. I'm sorry for the ones that lost their cabin!

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maxc 4 years, 4 months ago

The cabins are considered personal property and lease the land from the association. They are not part of Lakeviews property value. It is a historical loss. Most of those cabins are around 100 years old. The club has been in existence since 1892.

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guesswho 4 years, 4 months ago

would it include items inside the cabin as well? That could account for the damage total versus appraised value.

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Pywacket 4 years, 4 months ago

Good question. Maybe, instead of using taxation valuations, they look at replacement numbers? Anyone know?

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hipper_than_hip 4 years, 4 months ago

The cabins and the clubhouse at Lakeview have combined appraised value of $138k, so how can one cabin be worth $100k? Either the property is way undervalued by the county, or the damage estimate is way off.

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