Archive for Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Firefighters still working to extinguish fire that razed Lecompton cabinet company

July 27, 2010, 11:46 a.m. Updated July 27, 2010, 3:02 p.m.


Crews continue watching Lecompton store

Fire crews continue to watch the smoking remains of a Lecompton business Tuesday. The cabinet store caught fire Monday evening. Enlarge video

515 E. Woodson Ave.

Firefighters spent Tuesday monitoring the charred remains of the Wood-N-Stuff shop as hot spots continued to flare up.

The Lecompton fire chief expects crews to remain on the scene into this morning after the fire caused the roof to collapse Monday evening at the shop, 515 Woodson Ave. Crews initially got the majority of the fire under control around 11:30 p.m. Monday.

“The heavy fire load in there is still burning, and it keeps flaring up,” said H. Wayne Riley, chief of Lecompton Fire/EMS. “We keep putting water on it, but it’s a hot fire. You’ve got a lot of wood that’s stacked up in there, and it’s just going to burn.”

The hot spots made it tough for investigators to begin their work to determine a cause and put a price tag on the damage. Fire officials expected to have better information sometime today.

“It’s pretty well gutted inside. It’s pretty well totaled,” Riley said.

According to county records, the building owned by David K. Powell is appraised at $155,000.

Dozens of firefighters from several communities arrived minutes after the blaze started around 6:30 p.m. Monday. They sprayed water from every side of the building to douse the flames. Workers at the cabinet-making company typically use combustible items, such as stains and lacquers.

Despite damage to the business, Lecompton residents were thankful no one was injured and that nearby buildings were saved.

The post office next door seemed to only have one warped rain gutter. The garage of a nearby house suffered some siding damage.

Members of Lecompton United Methodist Church directly west of the business also breathed a sigh of relief Tuesday.

Church members Monday evening safely evacuated about 100 Vacation Bible School children from the building. But fire officials OK’d the church for Bible school Tuesday.

The older part of the building, including the sanctuary, originally opened as the Windsor Hotel in the 1800s before it became the church.

“We were real lucky,” said Gregg Sledd, lay leader and chairman of the church’s administrative board. “We got a couple of cracked windows but no windows broken out. We lost some vinyl siding off the back side of the church. Other than that, it’s mostly cosmetic.”


Jimbecile 3 years, 8 months ago

It's for the best. That place was super Haunted.


BruceWayne 3 years, 8 months ago

thank you for removing that comment. I hope Mr.Powell's attorney saved it before it was gone. If he didn't, I did.


Edward Coan 3 years, 8 months ago

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Ashley Shoemaker 3 years, 8 months ago

We were driving back from the dog park yesterday, you could see the smoke from stull road. Thankfully nobody was hurt!


hipper_than_hip 3 years, 8 months ago

To quote Andrew Jackson: "It is a damn poor mind indeed which can't think of at least two ways to spell any word."


matthewjherbert 3 years, 8 months ago

you could use those cabinets to make whiskey now. "Charcoal aged barrels" get a pretty penny these days.


riverdrifter 3 years, 8 months ago

I allus wanted one a them grant pianos.


LA_Ex 3 years, 8 months ago

Huked on Fonics Workt fer Me


onrywmn 3 years, 8 months ago

Today's news Firefighters still working to estinguish fire that razed Lecompton cabinet company. Shouldn't that be "extinguish fire"?


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