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House, antique store damaged in fire on U.S. Highway 40 near Shawnee County line

Firefighters attempt to control a house fire on U.S. Highway 40 near the Shawnee County line on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010.

Firefighters attempt to control a house fire on U.S. Highway 40 near the Shawnee County line on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010.

November 24, 2010, 9:24 a.m. Updated November 24, 2010, 12:57 p.m.

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Firefighters attempt to control a house fire on U.S. Highway 40 near the Shawnee County line on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010.

Firefighters attempt to control a house fire on U.S. Highway 40 near the Shawnee County line on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010.

A firefighter stands in front of a burning home on U.S. Highway 40 near the Shawnee County line on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010.

A firefighter stands in front of a burning home on U.S. Highway 40 near the Shawnee County line on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010.

Flames burn a home on U.S. Highway 40 near the Shawnee County line on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010.

Flames burn a home on U.S. Highway 40 near the Shawnee County line on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010.

A Wednesday morning fire at a house in Big Springs will displace a western Douglas County couple for the Thanksgiving weekend, American Red Cross officials said.

Red Cross and fire officials say a house and an antique store in Big Springs in western Douglas County were badly damaged in the fire that started about 9:15 a.m.

Lecompton Fire/EMS and Kanwaka Township and Wakarusa Township fire crews were still fighting the fire on U.S. Highway 40 about one mile east of the Shawnee County line as of Wednesday afternoon.

Emergency responders are blocking the highway in western Douglas County to give fire trucks room to operate.

Jane Blocher, executive director of the Douglas County chapter of the American Red Cross, said the couple at the damaged home don’t have family in the area. The Red Cross will put up the couple in a hotel through Sunday.

The couple also received Red Cross financial assistance for meals, clothing and other emergency needs.

“To have anybody displaced from their home over the holidays is always devastating,” Blocher said. “Fortunately they are insured, but it’s going to be a pretty sad holiday for them.”

No injuries from the fire have been reported, dispatchers said.

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ltljim64 3 years, 9 months ago

Wasn't there another house fire in that same area a few weeks back?

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palmettostar 3 years, 9 months ago

I passed the house on the way to work. It was completely in gulfed in flames. And there was a pickup truck sitting half way under the carport...people were just standing around like nothing was going on.

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kimmiemac 3 years, 9 months ago

What happenend Lecompton Fire - this is in their district, but they are not mentioned in the report???? There was a house fire in this area a couple of weeks ago - it was about two miles further east on Hwy 40...

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CHKNLTL 3 years, 9 months ago

Call from the scene: House is a total loss. Mr and Mrs. Oshel lived in that house over 25 years. The neighbors house is now aflame. The Lecompton fire district is a 25 minute drive from this address.

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britishbroad 3 years, 9 months ago

Thank you for whoever you are...the fire department I am sure did great and what they could..the house was built in the late 1800s....very dry wood...I'm sure there wasn't anything they could have done more.....and yes we have lived there a long time....raised two fine sons...laughed and loved, fought my battle against Stage IV cancer and now..... cried.

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kimmiemac 3 years, 9 months ago

Nope - this is their district and Lecompton has a station less than a mile away from this address...they are on scene....

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CHKNLTL 3 years, 9 months ago

excuse me, the main station is a 25 minute drive...

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somebodynew 3 years, 9 months ago

chknl tl - If it takes them 25 minutes to drive from Lecompton to Big Springs I certainly don't want to be behind them.

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blindrabbit 3 years, 9 months ago

As I drive through Big Springs quite often I wondered about the history of the community. Several old buildings and businesses look interesting.

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AbrahamO 3 years, 9 months ago

The House that burnt down was my parents the house has been there since the Organ Trail and originally was a boarding house the antique shop next door at that time was a saloon. Alot of history just went up in flames.

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britishbroad 3 years, 9 months ago

The grief of losing my tangible memories of my children growing up through the years, all their possessions and collections from Boy Scouts to College - Fort Scott Community College, Benedictine College, Moody Bible Institute, International Christian College in Glasgow, Scotland.....pictures that can never be replaced of my father now deceased, and the items he gave to my children to remember him all of their days.....it is the house my children were raised in and I fought a battle against terminal cancer in ....these are overwhelming to the spirit no matter how strong one's faith is

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RedCrossHealthSafety 3 years, 9 months ago

7 Fire Departments were represented at this incident.. Departments Responding were, Kanwaka Volunteer FD, Lecompton Volunteer FD, Wakarausa Volunteer FD, Clinton Township FD, LDCFM, Shawnee Heights, and Auburn. Many thanks to those men and women helping fight this!

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britishbroad 3 years, 9 months ago

It was my house and home....thank you for all you tried to do

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Fruity22 3 years, 9 months ago

The highway was shut down as of 12pm anybody know if that is still the case?

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kimmiemac 3 years, 9 months ago

Fire trucks are still on scene, but traffic is now going through on the highway...

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