Archive for Wednesday, December 1, 2010

U.S. Highway 59 reopens after barn fire south of Pleasant Grove

A barn off Highway 59 caught fire and burned down Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010.

December 1, 2010, 9:32 p.m. Updated December 1, 2010, 11:12 p.m.


671 E 1250 Road

A barn at a farm on U.S. Highway 59 south of Lawrence, near Pleasant Grove, was fully engulfed in fire Wednesday night.

According to Douglas County Sheriff Sgt. Ed Swanson, the barn was about 40 feet from the home.

Swanson said law enforcement was dispatched to the home about 9:14 p.m. His deputy was the first to arrive at the scene, at which point the barn was fully engulfed.

Law enforcement shut down U.S. Highway 59 north of County Road 460 to better enable fire crews to battle the blaze. Heavy smoke was visible over the road and in the area.

Swanson said the barn had a wood frame and corrugated tin siding. He didn't know the complete contents of the barn, but hay bales were inside. He could not estimate what the damage was or what the cause of the fire had been.

Swanson said it was a multi-agency response to the fire, including units from both Eudora and Wakarusa township. Other units from Willow Springs Township Fire Department also responded to the fire and requested mutual aid assistance from the other water tankers in Douglas County.


ralphralph 7 years, 5 months ago

Probably caused by the angry spirit of the former Zarco out there. An imbalance of universal forces was created by the destruction of the last, best restroom and snack stop on the way out of town.

Forgive us, Zarco!

Christine Anderson 7 years, 5 months ago

Okay, as long as there were no animals killed in the fire, I'll laugh at ralphralph's comment. Anyone know?

oneflewover 7 years, 5 months ago

Agree with ralph, miss old zarco. No more "turn right at zarco" either.

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