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Mobile home on East 19th declared total loss in fire

Lawrence Firefighters battle flames in a mobile home at 1908 E. 19th Street around 12:45 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13, 2009.

Lawrence Firefighters battle flames in a mobile home at 1908 E. 19th Street around 12:45 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13, 2009.

February 13, 2009, 12:45 p.m. Updated February 13, 2009, 2:07 p.m.

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Mobile home on East 19th declared total loss in fire

Fire destroyed an East Lawrence mobile home on Friday afternoon. Enlarge video

Lawrence Firefighters douse a blaze in a mobile home fire at 1908 E. 19th Street around 12:45 p.m. on Friday 13, 2009.

Lawrence Firefighters douse a blaze in a mobile home fire at 1908 E. 19th Street around 12:45 p.m. on Friday 13, 2009.

Ben Allen, a 48-year-old Lawrence musician, had been gone about 45 minutes before he returned to the charred remains of his mobile home, which had caught fire minutes after he left.

Firefighters with Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical responded to an emergency call about 12:35 p.m. Friday.

By the time Allen returned, his home, Lot E11 of Brookwood Mobile Home Park, 1908 E. 19th St., had been deemed a total loss.

“I’m OK,” Allen said. “I’m ticked off, but I’m OK.”

The mobile home continued to billow white smoke the rest of the afternoon as firefighters worked to put out the flames.

Fire Chief Mark Bradford said the fire was under control at 1:01 p.m. He said crews were investigating the cause of the fire, which he said should be determined by today.

Allen moved to Lawrence four years ago. He said he’d been living at Lot E11 for the past two years.

Allen said he’d had a couple of offers for a place to stay the night, but he didn’t know what he would do for the long term. He said he didn’t have insurance to cover the loss. Allen declined an offer of assistance from the Douglas County chapter of the American Red Cross.

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Cristy White 5 years, 2 months ago

wooden flea eater you are a moron and that trailor held evrything in he owned. You are a jerk he plays better music than you ever dreamed and for the one that said way to make mom and dad proud I have a feeling you are doug next door and although Ben had his problems with his parents he wouldnt of destroyed his entire life to spite them so you Doug are a moron too.

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Cristy White 5 years, 2 months ago

look I knew Ben personally and he was not just a very good musician but a collector. He lost thousands and I mean thousands of dollars worth of stuff in this fire. he had three grand pianos in there, thousands of dollars worth of books, Amps,and microphones, speakers, swords, 500 gallon fish aquariums, recording devices and thats just to name a few of the items in there. It makes me sick to my stomach to see that people are making fun of this fire as Ben is a very good person and I know this devistated him allot more than he cares to show. His life was in that trailer. He spent several years collecting expensive antiques form all over Lawrence and surrounding area and is very well gifted at playing the piano. He spends allot of time and dedication his music and for all of you that posted a cruel haha comment think of this, it could of been you that was sitting back watching your entire life go up in flames!!!!! Its not so funny now, is it!!

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Thinking_Out_Loud 5 years, 2 months ago

Kudos to the firefighters who accept a risky job to help people in times of crisis.

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itsjustlindsay 5 years, 2 months ago

Wow.. Some people are very cold hearted. Did ever occur to some of you that he may have PREFERED to live in a trailor? I grew up in the same mobile home area on the West side of the park.

He lived on the East side of the park and from my own personal experience, that particular side of the mobile home park was the better side to live in. Of course that was 7+ years ago but I still detour through there every now and again and it still looks the same as it did when I was growing up there.

And 90% of the people that lived there had chosen to live there.

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not_holroyd 5 years, 2 months ago

hawkperchedatriverfront (Anonymous) says…"Those “kids' who dropped out of high school were for the most part children of Univ of Kansas faculty."


Someone ought to do a study on the 'kid' of some local teachers, who start to follow in their footsteps, by attending KU Education school, but then go to work in the warehouse industry. after early retirement, the kid becomes a sad old man posting thousands of comments on a blog about how bad everything is, especially schools and his city.

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redfred 5 years, 2 months ago

sourpuss - Richard has been taking excellent phots for longer than I care to recall. He is one of the LJW'S best assets,

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sourpuss 5 years, 2 months ago

That is a fantastic picture. Kudos to the photographer! I'm sorry for the loss of the property. I hope the guy has somewhere to stay. I can definitely understand being ticked off.

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hawkperchedatriverfront 5 years, 2 months ago

Those "kids' who dropped out of high school were for the most part children of Univ of Kansas faculty. Now what does a blighted trailer park have to do with dropping out of school. Are you suggesting they are living there? I doubt it.

The fact is, the city and the neighborhood groups all have their titties in an uproar about structures called historic homes all the while around the Miracle Mile shopping zone (remember that term?) is a blighted trailer park and the city has no authority over it. That's what the say.

Again, my point is, when looking at the condition of the places, if ever a fire breaks out, there is death iminent in them.

Where are the current city commission candidates on this issue? The folks who hang out at 10th and Kentucky are for the most part already in apartments subsidized and if not then they were evicted for good reason, just as the Mr. Tanner was who spoke at the city commission meeting. He is homeless because he did not keep his end of the bargain as a tenant living in subsidized housing.

It is a shame that the commissioners don't have the guts to inquire of Mr. Tanner why he became homeless.

But for the folks in the trailer park, they have no one going to bat for them in the squalid conditon of the park.

For many out there, they have no place to go, and don't want to go.

Educational level and/or degree has nothing to do with living in a trailer park.

That particular park 30 years ago, had many KU students living in it. Based on economics it was a bargain, but now it hardly is.

oh well, Lawrence continues the status quo and the town declines around itself and decays within.

It goes to show what happens when a city has not so professionals running it posing as professionals.

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geekin_topekan 5 years, 2 months ago

I met Ben Allen a coupla years ago.He is a character for sure. In his first Lawrence home he had a baby grand that he bought with the ambition of learning how to play it!! I wonder if he ever did? This is the first I have heard of him since and I am glad he has been OK.Up until now that is.But he is resilient(sp?) and I am sure he will cope just fine regardless of the joy this board finds in his hardship.

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blue73harley 5 years, 2 months ago

I hope they were able to save the '83 Camaro!

Just kidding, of course! I'm sure the stuff the dude lost was just as priceless as anything in a "regular" house. It would tear me up to lose all of the pics and video tapes of my family.

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somebodynew 5 years, 2 months ago

I feel compelled to comment on this section. I understand making jokes about trailer living and all, but where is the simple compassion for someone who has just lost everything he owns. I don't care if it burned up in a car, multi-million dollar house, or a trailer - he has nothing left.

There should have been an even balance on here between the jerks and the overly compassionate. But it is just stupid comments about the worth of a trailer.

OK, I have plenty of memories of dealing with that particular trailer park in my past job, but still, this was this man's stuff. Even a "cold-hearted b**d" like myself feels bad for him.

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WHY 5 years, 2 months ago

Hawk Do you remember those kids in high school who dropped out. That is how this can be in Lawrence.

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hawkperchedatriverfront 5 years, 2 months ago

When ever I am at Home Depot, I drive thru what once was a really nice mobile home park, just east of Home Depot. What is left now is a reflection of a Lawrence that many never take the time to reflect on.

There are still some of the original homes there. Ramps leading in and out of the mobile home. Handicapped living in them. Trashed up lots next door and to the streets east and west of them.

Why doesnt' the J/W do a story on the living conditions of this park? The homeless are given more consideration than these folks are being given. Why they don't move? They have no place to go. They have their "home" and the lot rent is cheap compared to rent. It is simply their home.

What I don't get is how the management can let vacant trailers sit in that park, with window broken, junk in the lots and be proud of their job.

There are tens of tragedies waiting to happen in the mobile home park. I wish everyone in town would drive thru the place and then ask "how can this be in Lawrence, KS "?

This is an example of a city in decline and decay.

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igby 5 years, 2 months ago

Are all of you from Japan or just can't write for s**t. Lol.

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WHY 5 years, 2 months ago

No key word is mobile Its like my car burning down.

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ksmax 5 years, 2 months ago

Good grief people, he lost his home and all of his belongings, have a heart! Even if it was a mobile home, key word is "HOME"!

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geekin_topekan 5 years, 2 months ago

Come now!We've a barn to raise and a day to do it!

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Esq2eB 5 years, 2 months ago

Max~ You are right, I am so sorry for what I said/typed. Your message to me has changed my outlook on life and I vow to be a more compassionate person towards my fellow man. And to think I always thought no one could ever change anothers mind utiling internet discussion boards. You have proven me wrong.

Now, I must go help on old lady across the street and help my neighbors raise a barn...

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flux 5 years, 2 months ago

First of all if you have a had similar experience, then you should know better. A secondly you said trailers were a dime a dozen. The point you made was very clear, stop back tracking....liar!

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woodenfleaeater 5 years, 2 months ago

He didn't have insurance on his residence. My point is at least it was a trailer and he had less net loss than if it was an uninsured house. I know he probably lost a significant amount of memories and assets in the fire, which is horrible and is a very big tragedy. But if a house would have burnt down, he would be out alot more money. And karma wise, my family house burned down when I was a kid, and I lost my beloved Boston Terrier. I know how much my parents lost, money wise included. And you would lose alot more monetary wise with a house than a trailer.

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flux 5 years, 2 months ago

At least it was a trailer and not a house? This mans loss lacks significance because of his economic status? I dont know whats coming your way, thats the scary part

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Katara 5 years, 2 months ago

woodenfleaeater (Anonymous) says…

Bad things such as…..mother-in-law, ex-girlfriends, police, sheriff, automobile??? What exactly can you see coming my way??? Tell me oh great flux!!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~ You're made of wood and you are giggling about a tragedy that involves fire. Draw your conclusion here.

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woodenfleaeater 5 years, 2 months ago

Bad things such as.....mother-in-law, ex-girlfriends, police, sheriff, automobile??? What exactly can you see coming my way??? Tell me oh great flux!!!

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flux 5 years, 2 months ago

By the way you are making fun of this gentlemens' misfortune, I would assume some bad things might be coming your way.

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woodenfleaeater 5 years, 2 months ago

flux: Do you believe in Karma Woodenfleaeater?


I sure do. Why do you ask?

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Bowhunter99 5 years, 2 months ago

it depends...

if it was a rental unit, then the landlord is a scumbag that deserves to be fined and penalized.... Lord knows we need to start doing more inspections!!!

if it was a owner occupied, then noone is a scumbag and no inspections are needed..... Welcome to Lawrence.

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flux 5 years, 2 months ago

Do you believe in Karma Woodenfleaeater?

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George_Braziller 5 years, 2 months ago

I'm just wondering if any of you trolls have ever personally been through an event like this. If you haven't you don't know what it's like. In just a few minutes it could happen to you as well.

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prospector 5 years, 2 months ago

Oh stop, stop, you so funny, my side hurts.

Here, I will help you:

Hey, with these budget cuts, why are they wasting my water on that? hahaha

A man lost all he had, too bad compassion is lost on some people.

Sad really.

Good luck Ben.

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jeffds01 5 years, 2 months ago

minutes after he left.....yes raider very interesting

did he leave some on the stove, or maybe in the oven, or even a candle burning

haha

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Raider 5 years, 2 months ago

"which had caught fire minutes after he left."

Interesting.

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maxcrabb 5 years, 2 months ago

Way to make mom and dad proud Esq2eB...

I'm not exactly what aspect of the story you are commenting on, but everyone has to make their way through life.

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woodenfleaeater 5 years, 2 months ago

At least it was a trailer and not a house. Trailers are a dime a dozen.


Esq2eB (Anonymous) says…

Total loss = $78.23


So, I take it, his guitar was in the trailer?

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Christine Pennewell Davis 5 years, 2 months ago

that is one heck of a fire hope no one was hurt. LFD thanks for your dedication.

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Pudgy1 5 years, 2 months ago

Probably a Topeka transplant

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prospector 5 years, 2 months ago

Your heart will be broken. Damn "information as it develops" is a tease and tart, always changing her mind and article as she sees fit.

I hope all are safe.

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tempting_butnothanks 5 years, 2 months ago

I love 1 sentence breaking news stories.

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