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.”


onrywmn 7 years, 10 months ago

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

wmathews 7 years, 10 months ago

I'm not seeing the error anywhere, so it looks like someone jumped in and fixed it. Thanks for catching it, though!

Whitney Mathews Online Editor

George_Braziller 7 years, 10 months ago

Might want to fix this one as well: "Church members are waiting on an insurance adjuster to assess damage, but Bohannan said the congregation was relieved its older sanctuary is fine, including an old grant piano."

Never heard of a "grant" piano.

wmathews 7 years, 10 months ago

Yikes. Fixed that one myself. Thank you!

matthewjherbert 7 years, 10 months ago

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

hipper_than_hip 7 years, 10 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."

Ashley Shoemaker 7 years, 10 months ago

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

BruceWayne 7 years, 10 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.

BruceWayne 7 years, 10 months ago

edjayhawk claimed the owner had set the fire in an effort to collect insurance. anyone know if the owner can file a suit against said poster and LJW?

bad_dog 7 years, 10 months ago

Slander is a spoken defamation. Libel is defined as a method of defamation expressed by print, writing, pictures, or signs-any publication that is injurious to the reputation of another. "A maliciously written or printed publication which tends to blacken a person's reputation or to expose him to public hatred, contempt, or ridicule, or to injure him in his business or profession." Corabi v. Curtis Pub. Co. 441 Pa. 432

Bruce, keep in mind that the truth is an absolute defense to an allegation of libel or slander, however, if the complained-of statement isn't truthful it certainly seems like there is a basis for a lawsuit arising from the tort of libel-at least against the comment poster. I suspect an untruthful allegation of arson could "blacken" the reputation of Wood-N-Stuff's owner, expose them to public hatred, contempt, etc. or injure their business or profession.

If the LJW knows a poster has a history of posting untruths in general or about a specific individual and did nothing to remove the posts, then liability might lie against them as well. In the absence of such a trail, however, I doubt a person libeled by a post would have much recourse against the LJW.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 10 months ago

Undoubtedly, you're referring to my comments, none2, and I did nothing of the sort.

Not sure what your problem is, but your pouting doesn't become you.

woodscolt 7 years, 10 months ago

none2, you have taken the misfortune of this business and turned it into your soap box to bash other posters politically , insult Lawrence for it's historical downtown district and you have even bashed people for voicing their heart felt feelings about no one being hurt. You spent your credibility. You come across as very disingenuous to the damage the fire has caused.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 10 months ago

"and then turning around and insulting the products/services of the business"

There was no insult. Merely accurate description.

But you see it as good opportunity to score some bloggerific points, and that's what you're attempting to do, presumably because we've disagreed on other topics.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 10 months ago

" Bloggerific points? Is that something that I can turn into cash or discounts, like points at Dillons?"

No, that's what you do while pretending to defend the poor downtrodden citizens of Lecompton. They don't give a damn what I've typed on this forum, but if being a self-appointed forum scold makes you feel better, knock yourself out. Same to Jane.

woodscolt 7 years, 10 months ago

I stand by my post and you did nothing to explain yourself, in fact, you just continued your rant. You made disparaging comments about "historic downtown Lawrence" and now your turning your comment into some kind of statement against the historical value of Lecompton. Hard one to follow. There is an angry story in your posts that doesn't speak to the fire or the damages. This business engages in practices and uses highly volatile chemicals which lends it to a high risk of fire. The cause of the fire will be determined and it likely will fall somewhere between "bad luck" as you say, and risky practices of the business. Maybe some people understand this better than you. While tragic, I still maintain that the real story here is no one was hurt.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 10 months ago

WTF are you talking about? If your posts were removed, that's between you and the JW staff. I had nothing to do with it.

woodscolt 7 years, 10 months ago

I read that post just as it was pulled.

Jane says " Yes! And when I commented that bozo's posts were more obnoxious and rude than it's usual posts, I had MY post removed. "

Left out quite a bit here didn't you. Probably wouldn't have removed it if this is all you said. Maybe the dog part or the med part or the bus part or the..........

Jimbecile 7 years, 10 months ago

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

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