Archive for Friday, May 28, 2010

Structure fire closes block of Mississippi Street

A residence at 947 Mississippi is engulfed in flames about 8:15 p.m. Friday night.

A residence at 947 Mississippi is engulfed in flames about 8:15 p.m. Friday night.

May 28, 2010, 9:02 p.m. Updated May 29, 2010, 12:02 a.m.


Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical crews have a two-alarm fire under control in the 900 block of Mississippi Street.

The initial call came in around 8:15 p.m. alerting crews to a structure fire at 947 Miss. A second alarm came minutes later.

Doug Green, division chief for Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical, said the fire started on the first floor of the building, which was divided into three separate apartments. No one was home during the fire. He said the front and upstairs apartment were damaged, but the back one sustained little damage.

Green said police rescued a dog from the building that was later taken to an area vet.

Police blocked off the intersection of 11th and Mississippi to deal with the blaze.

Nearby resident Logan Brown said he was studying when his roommate started yelling at him that there was a fire.

“I could feel the heat right as I came out,” Brown said. He estimates flames got 15 feet high off the roof and 3 feet wide out of windows.

Neighbor Jame Molberg said she heard a siren so she peeked out her window.

"That was the scariest thing I've ever seen," she said. "There was huge flames."

Nick Rich, who lives directly across the street, said the reaction of crews was quick.

“(The fire department) got it under control really fast,” Rich said.

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Jonathan Kealing 7 years, 2 months ago

The wreck started bad but ended up being all non-life threatening injuries. So that was fortunate for all involved.

Randall Barnes 7 years, 2 months ago

thanks jk hope all recover soon and everyone else has a safe weekend.

Grundoon Luna 7 years, 2 months ago

There's also a helicopter hovering over by K-10. Seems to be by the business park.

thatonedude 7 years, 2 months ago

I live right by that house. It was really hard to tell if anyone was in the house/hurt, so it's good to see the only ones in the house (the pets) are okay.

Soap 7 years, 2 months ago

The firefighters rescued a dog inside the building while it was burning.. It was making the most awful crying noise it didn't even sound like a dog.. True heroes!!

pfunk81 7 years, 2 months ago

Good job FD, stuff is replaceable but pets aren't!

coolmarv 7 years, 2 months ago

That structure looks alot like a house.

bearded_gnome 7 years, 2 months ago

No one was home during the fire. A dog and a few cats were in the building. The dog’s fur was singed and the cats are reportedly OK.

---good job Firefighters! that dog is precious to somebody.

he or she will be fine, just have a little fright to get over.

TheStonesSuck 7 years, 2 months ago

Screw those cats! It was probably their idea to trap the dog inside; if it wasn't for the fact that felines are so utterly rubbish at carrying out coordinated attacks, the poor hound surely would have met its maker! Any proper hound inclined to commit such nefarious acts would surely have at least finished the job! Those cats should be scattered to the wind, the whole lot of them!

Boston_Corbett 7 years, 2 months ago

I think the real issue for the dog is the extent of any respiratory damage, which isn't so easy to measure quickly. To hear a dog cry in fear or pain like that would be beyond belief.

Thank you FD !!

Cats? No doubt responsible. One of them forgot to turn off the range.

bearded_gnome 7 years, 2 months ago

Boston, you are right, I'd forgotten that.
however, fortunate for the dog is that the clearest air in a fire is at floor level. if dog is on the floor there's the best air to breathe.

that's why humans in a fire are told to get down! dog is already there.
that is, unless dog is in a crate up on something. that would be bad.

cats? first we tase the cats and make 'em talk.
in fact, tase all cats on general principles. they're all guilty anyway.

scttdemo 7 years, 1 month ago

Wow you're all ungrateful. This person lost everything in this fire but her cats and you can sit comfortabley in you own homes safe behind your computers and come up with outlandish, unrealistic scenarios that demean not only her cats but her own ego. I don't care if you don't like cats, but this is someone's real life, grow up and be respectful.

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