Archive for Saturday, August 14, 2010

No injuries at house fire on Ohio Street

Smoke pours out of a roof vent as firefighters work their way inside 1030 Ohio during a two-alarm house fire Saturday afternoon.

Smoke pours out of a roof vent as firefighters work their way inside 1030 Ohio during a two-alarm house fire Saturday afternoon.

August 14, 2010, 1:57 p.m. Updated August 14, 2010, 7:16 p.m.


House fire investigation continues

The cause of a fire that broke out at an Ohio Street home was still under investigation Sunday. No one was injured in the Saturday afternoon incident. Enlarge video

Fire consumes a bedroom during house fire

Items in a bedroom caught fire Saturday afternoon at 1030 Ohio. Enlarge video

House fire burns home on Ohio Street

A house fire caught on the second level of a home at 1030 Ohio Saturday afternoon. Enlarge video

No one was injured in a house fire at 1030 Ohio on Saturday afternoon.

Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical crews responded to the fire around 1:20 p.m. after a 911 caller reported seeing smoke coming out of the attic and second floor of the home.

The 1000 block of Ohio Street was blocked off for at least an hour as emergency crews fought the smoke, and at times fire, visible from the street.

After working inside the home for about 20 minutes, firefighters broke windows from inside the home, as smoke continued to come from the upstairs rooms.

About 1:45 p.m., items on fire could be seen in the upper northwest bedroom, and firefighters threw several items, such as a mattress and clothes, from the window. The items reignited on the ground and were extinguished again.

Firefighters initiated a second alarm to get additional units to the scene, as crews rotated to fight the fire in near 100-degree temperatures.

Jane Blocher, executive director of the Douglas County chapter of the American Red Cross, said she was contacted about assisting the tenants of the home, two people from an upstairs apartment and two from the lower apartment. Blocher said none of the tenants were home during the fire. Two of the tenants were contacted and offered services, though the agency was still attempting to contact the other tenants hours after the fire. No names of the occupants were available Saturday night.

There did not appear to be any damage to nearby houses or buildings. The property is owned by Michael Imber and Jane Imber. Contacted by phone Saturday evening, Michael Imber said he did not know the cause of the fire and declined further comment.

No information on a cause of the fire or a damage estimate were available Saturday night.


blindrabbit 7 years, 10 months ago

No hat comments yet; need an update on battery lawsuit at Free State High School event. Hope LFD get's the fire out with minimal damage.

kernal 7 years, 10 months ago

Betting on failure to properly extinguish smoking materials or faulty wiring.

Hope they have renters insurance.

blindrabbit 7 years, 10 months ago

Is this part of the Oread neighborhood that KU would like to lay it's hands on? No eminent domain possibilities; could be rectified with a little burning love!

kernal 7 years, 10 months ago

I see you're wearing your tin foil beanie today. How's that workin' for ya?

parrothead8 7 years, 10 months ago

I saw what looked like that same Shift Commander vehicle (from the photo) in a wreck near 6th and Kasold late this afternoon. Any news about that, LJW?

Shaun Hittle 7 years, 10 months ago

Hadn't seen or heard anything on that yet, but we'll check it out. Thanks for the heads up.

Shaun Hittle LJW reporter

Alceste 7 years, 10 months ago

I wonder if that fire could have been prevented had the property only been outfitted with a portapotty in the back yard? We'll never know.....

Marcia Epstein 7 years, 10 months ago

The 1000 block of Ohio-Tennessee is actually a wonderful block and is included in the Oread Historic District of the City and National Registers, with 3 homes individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In the 1980's, Rainbow Renovations (Laurie Culling and Phil Bohlander) rehabbed several homes, including the one that became the Halcyon House Bed and Breakfast. Nearly 20 years ago, three other neighbors purchased 1042 Ohio and rehabbed it from the scary, rundown rental it had become into lovely apartments retaining the historic floorplan, trim, and windows. Good people make good things happen in the Oread Neighborhood!

JMN 7 years, 10 months ago

At least two firefighters were injured, not seriously, and yes that was the same shift commander vehicle.

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