Archive for Friday, August 13, 2010

Massachusetts Street reopens after downtown fire

A fire in downtown Lawrence had traffic on Massachusetts Street blocked off for about an hour Friday. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

August 13, 2010, 12:25 p.m. Updated August 13, 2010, 1:48 p.m.


Crews battle electrical fire on Mass St.

Firefighters worked in triple-digit heat Friday to contain an electrical fire in the Mass St. building that formerly housed Arensberg Shoes. Enlarge video

800 block of Massachusetts

Emergency crews responded to a fire at 825 Mass. St. Friday just after noon.

The building, which is currently under construction, is the former home of Arensberg Shoes. The 800 block of Massachusetts Street was blocked for about an hour while crews fought the fire, but the street has reopened.

Lawrence Douglas County Fire & Medical Division Chief Doug Green said crews were still trying to determine a cause for the fire, but said there was an electrical issue in the basement. Fire crews reported smoke coming out of the building along Massachusetts Street, as well as in the basement, Green said.

Crews are now attempting to clear smoke from the building while they check the surrounding area for carbon monoxide.

Green said there were no injuries.

The location was also the site of a natural gas line break on Aug. 3, when a back hoe severed a line on the west side of the building.


hail2oldku 7 years, 10 months ago

Not seeing anything on the tower cam at 12:50. Did they get it under control and you haven't had time to update the story?

John Kyle 7 years, 10 months ago

I rode my bike through 8th and Mass just after noon and it smelled like burning electric wires. I didn't see any smoke and the fire department was just getting there. Probably a fried air conditioner.

mysterion 7 years, 10 months ago

They aren't really battling anything, except the heat. Nice way to make nothing seem like something LJW. There is a small amount of smoke drifting out of the former shoe store. It smells like it might be electrical in origin and is likely due to the construction taking place there. For the most part, it's just a bunch of firetrucks and firefighters standing around. I realize they are being cautious, which is good, but I certainly wouldn't classify this as a "battle."

blindrabbit 7 years, 10 months ago

Were any of the firefighters looking for hats not properly worn.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 7 years, 10 months ago

Let's not blame them for "overreacting". If a fire got "involved" downtown, we could lose a block of stores in a day. Didn't half of Aggieville burn down a few years back? While the thought of Aggieville burning fails to kill my buzz, the thought of Zen Zero burning DOES kill it.

Ralph Reed 7 years, 10 months ago

Yeah, but that was Aggieville. Does it really matter?

blindrabbit 7 years, 10 months ago

Ditto Zen Zero; can't get enough of that place.

puddleglum 7 years, 10 months ago

I was playing the national anthem on a trumpet, while all these firefighters just kept walking by with their shiny helmets on, totally disrespectin'....what gives?

Kash_Encarri 7 years, 10 months ago

Since they were in full uniform they would not remove their helmets.


blindrabbit 7 years, 10 months ago

Real suspicious; I think they are even trying to kill the big Sycamore tree at the back entrance of the building; go take a look!

Mike Wagner 7 years, 10 months ago

He is the proud new owner of the kiefs downtown music building! He is going to own the whole dam town (more than he already does) before long..

garyr 7 years, 10 months ago

Maybe it was purpousely set for the new recruits of the Lawrence Fire Dept

CLARKKENT 7 years, 10 months ago


rtwngr 7 years, 10 months ago

That store has been trying to burn for years. The ghost of Arensberg is the culprit.

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