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Fire reported at Lecompton cabinet store

Fire crews worked to keep a fire at Wood N Stuff Cabinets from spreading to nearby buildings in Lecompton Monday, July 26, 2010.

Fire crews worked to keep a fire at Wood N Stuff Cabinets from spreading to nearby buildings in Lecompton Monday, July 26, 2010.

July 26, 2010, 6:57 p.m. Updated July 26, 2010, 9:27 p.m.

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Crews from Lawrence Douglas County Fire and Medical join firefighters from Kanwaka, Wakarusa and Lecompton township fire departments in an effort to battle a fire at a cabinet shop in Lecompton Monday July 26, 2010.

Crews from Lawrence Douglas County Fire and Medical join firefighters from Kanwaka, Wakarusa and Lecompton township fire departments in an effort to battle a fire at a cabinet shop in Lecompton Monday July 26, 2010.

Firefighters battle a blaze at a cabinet shop in Lecompton. The building was reported to be fully engulfed and numerous area agencies responded to help battle the blaze.

Firefighters battle a blaze at a cabinet shop in Lecompton. The building was reported to be fully engulfed and numerous area agencies responded to help battle the blaze.

Wood-N-Stuff

Wood-N-Stuff

515 E. Woodson

Wood-N-Stuff shop foreman Nick Hosler said he left work at about 4:30 p.m. Monday evening. He returned two hours later to find the business where he worked for 12 years, up in flames.

“Heartbroken in a way,” Hosler said. “I put a lot of time and sweat into it; don’t want to see it happen to anybody.”

Hosler said the cabinet-making business in Lecompton had been in operation for close to 30 years. It sits at 515 E. Woodson, between the post office and the Lecompton United Methodist Church.

As the fire started, vacation bible school was getting underway at the church, with 100 children inside. They were quickly evacuated to a nearby business. No one was injured.

Lecompton store consumed by flames Monday

Multiple fire crews worked Monday to battle a fire that broke out in a Lecompton cabinet store. The store, Wood N Stuff Cabinets, has been around for nearly 30 years. Enlarge video

Fire claims Lecompton cabinet store

A fire Monday evening made its way through a Lecompton cabinet store that has been in business for about 30 years. The cause and amount of damage have not been determined. Enlarge video

Bob Morris, a life-long Lecompton resident, said the church has been a fixture in the community since at least the early 1900s. He said the building was a hotel before becoming a church. It’s where his parents spent their honeymoon, “We’re hoping to save the church; not sure we will,” Morris said.

The heat from the fire spread to the church, scorching the siding.

Dozens of fire fighters from several different communities arrived minutes after the blaze started. They sprayed water from every side of the building to douse the flames. Combustible items, such as stains and lacquers, inside of the business likely contributed to the fire.

Morris said he saw the flames rise 50 feet above the building at times, “They had it contained, but it’s burning bad inside.”

Authorities blocked off several blocks of Woodson street to keep dozens of onlookers from getting too close to the fire. Jon Mast, from Oskaloosa, said he saw the smoke and wanted to get a closer look, “It’s too bad, you know, because it’s an old building.

Wyatt Sturgeon also stood by to watch the activity in downtown Lecompton, “We were coming back from Lawrence, and saw the flames way off of 24.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation. No damage estimate is available.

Comments

BruceWayne 3 years, 8 months ago

just drove by and it is still smoking. I for one hope Dave rebuilds.

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BikerGrandma 3 years, 8 months ago

Bozo (what an apt name) - this company does not build low-quality cabinets. They do quality work. Unless you know what you are talking about, please refrain from such inconsiderate comments.

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none2 3 years, 8 months ago

Bozo, insensitive? No way. He simply wants them to move on to better things like becoming empTy bus drivers. Producing something with your own two hands is for third worlders and illegal aliens.

Wouldn't these people rather move to Lawrence and work in historic downtown selling elegant things at sophisticated prices that consumers can brag about?

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 8 months ago

Was it really a "cabinet store?" I've never known them as anything other than manufacturers of low-end cabinetry for the local sprawl machines.

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kathyexpress 3 years, 8 months ago

God, as well as many great volunteers, have taken care of our children at the LUMC this evening. Prayers for the Powell family and staff for their loss and the loss to our community.

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1029 3 years, 8 months ago

A lot of these newer cabinets have a fireproof laquer on them, so I'm thinking it may not be a total loss as far as inventory is concerned.

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RoeDapple 3 years, 8 months ago

Fire is pretty much out now but will smolder all night, fire equipment beginning to disperse with exception of whats needed to monitor flare ups. Fire fighters and equipment from all over Douglas County plus Perry did an outstanding job of keeping the fire from spreading to the church, post office and other structures nearby. No one injured to my knowledge. Douglas County Sheriff's department very professional and helpful in keeping traffic and onlookers safe and out of the way of fire equipment.This is a tragic loss to our small community but everyone thankful for no injuries, especially the children attending bible school when the fire broke out.

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BikerGrandma 3 years, 8 months ago

KEITHMILES05 - that is one of the most insensitive things that you could post. Obviously you are not concerned with the feelings of the family that owned the business or the community - which is one large, loving family.

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KEITHMILES05 3 years, 8 months ago

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BikerGrandma 3 years, 8 months ago

The firefighters from all the area departments are doing a wonderful job containing the fire damage to the wood shop. They were constantly spraying the post office and church with water. The church suffered some damage to the exterior due to the heat, but thankfully no damage inside besides most likely smoke. Our thanks go out to all the firefighters and continue to pray for their safety and the safety of the surrounding buildings. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Powell family.

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pace 3 years, 8 months ago

Hope no one was hurt, sorry about the business and the employment. Thanks to the fire fighters, it is dangerous work.

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cityfarmerdaughter 3 years, 8 months ago

The Lecompton United Methodist Church had just started Bible School at the time of the fire. The church is right next to the cabinet place. My 3 kids and many many more were in the church when the fire started. Small driveway seperates the church and the cabinet place. Flames were above the trees, and the smoke dark and thick. They kept the kids undercontrol. I want to thank all of those who got our kids to safety. The kids were moved quickly and safely to the Park and then to the community building. You are all heroes in my eyes!! Thank you to all the Church members who were there!!!

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monheim 3 years, 8 months ago

I was walking past with my dog before the flames broke through the roof. Black smoke pouring out of every crack in the building. It turned into a gigantic blaze. Near as I can tell it just gutted the building. A few nearby trees caught fire and everyone left the church. The Post Office, church and reverend's house are all fine as near as I can see. But that building is done for (obviously, it was filled with wood).

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AttaGirl45 3 years, 8 months ago

It's now 7:19 and more firetrucks are going towards the fire still. I am concerned about the Post Office. There is only a dirt alley between the burning building and it.

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Curtis Lange 3 years, 8 months ago

Could see the black cloud from K10 well east of Lawrence on my way home.

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AttaGirl45 3 years, 8 months ago

I live right on farmer's turnpike as you come into Lecompton and it has been one Fire Truck after another going by. I can see the black smoke from a window here. This hits close to home because this business sits at the end of the street where my house sat before it too burned down last October.

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Dirtman24 3 years, 8 months ago

from my scanner it was fully engulfed, sad and a good cabinet company as well, sorry to the workers and hope everyone is safe

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