Archive for Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Fire at Lecompton cabinet-making shop causes $340,000 in damage; official cause still unknown

Fire crews and investigators continued to monitor the scene of a fire at Wood-N-Stuff cabinet shop in Lecompton on Tuesday. The building caught fire on Monday evening.

Fire crews and investigators continued to monitor the scene of a fire at Wood-N-Stuff cabinet shop in Lecompton on Tuesday. The building caught fire on Monday evening.

July 28, 2010

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Fire in Lecompton caused $340K in damage

Firefighters haven't determined the cause of the fire in the cabinet-making shop. Enlarge video

A Monday evening fire that gutted the Lecompton Wood-N-Stuff cabinet-making shop caused $340,000 in damage to the building and its contents, H. Wayne Riley, chief of Lecompton Fire/EMS said Wednesday.

Firefighters monitored the charred remains of the building, 515 Woodson Ave., all day Tuesday after hot spots continued to flare up.

The amount of wood and flammable materials used inside the cabinet shop caused the fire to smolder and impeded the ability of investigators and insurance adjusters to assess damages, Riley said.

He said fire investigators were unable to determine an official cause of the fire because of the extent of the damage. Workers at the cabinet-making company typically use combustible items, such as stains and lacquers.

“It’s just too far gone. The destruction was too great to determine anything,” Riley said.

He said witnesses reported that the fire seemed to have started in the south end of the building, where workers finish the cabinets. Solvents are also used there, Riley said.

Firefighters from multiple communities aided Lecompton firefighters and were able to save nearby buildings from major damage.

Comments

NotASquishHead 4 years, 11 months ago

I see a Baldwin City quint in one of the photos. Did LDCFM send any fire trucks, besides a medic unit?

If not, why not? It doesn't make sense for a Baldwin unit to respond to Lecompton, when Lawrence has more equipment than it knows what to do with much, much closer.

Is LDCFM too good to help out the volunteers?

marcirae18 4 years, 11 months ago

Lawrence sent out its medic units and a tanker...they would not send a quint cuz they are not allowed out of city limits...from what i heard...yes that is a long way for Baldwin City to travel but we were very greatful that they could come and help us knock down the fire..we are very greatful that all the responding townships came to help us...

greenworld 4 years, 11 months ago

Idk..Oskie has a ladder truck but I guess maybe jefferson co isnt allowed to help Douglas co. Wouldnt that have been closer than Baldwin...

marcirae18 4 years, 11 months ago

yes we thought of that....but with ferguson rd closed due to the bridge being rebuilt that would have left them vulnerable if something major happened up that way...jefferson county can help us out we had kentucky township(perry) at the fire and they were a trumendous help...

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