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Duplex fire causes $76,000 in damage; bank account established to help victims

May 5, 2011, 11:31 a.m. Updated May 5, 2011, 4:03 p.m.

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In this user-submitted photo taken by Lawrence resident Paul Goebel, firefighters rush to put out a fire in the 400 block of John Doy Court, Wednesday, May 4, 2011. The fire displaced a family of four and caused $76,000 in damage.

In this user-submitted photo taken by Lawrence resident Paul Goebel, firefighters rush to put out a fire in the 400 block of John Doy Court, Wednesday, May 4, 2011. The fire displaced a family of four and caused $76,000 in damage.

A kitchen fire Wednesday evening that caused $76,000 in damage to a two-story duplex in northwest Lawrence has displaced a family living there, fire officials said Thursday morning.

The fire at 411 John Doy Court, which is off Peterson Road, was accidental and caused by inattentive cooking, said Eve Tolefree, Lawrence Douglas County Fire and Medical division chief.

Takisha Clark spent most of Thursday trying to arrange for housing and figure out how to replace several household items after nearly everything in her kitchen was damaged.

“That stuff can be replaced,” Clark said. “We’re thankful because we made it out safely.”

Quail Run School staff members put out a call to parents Thursday morning to help Clark’s family with donations. Her three sons are in the sixth, third and first grades at Quail Run. An account for donations at U.S. Bank branches in Lawrence is set up in Takisha Clark’s name.

Firefighters were called to the townhouse at 6:42 p.m. Everyone inside had made it out of the duplex, and crews had the fire under control at 7:07 p.m., Tolefree said. No one was injured.

Jane Blocher, executive director of the Douglas County chapter of the American Red Cross, said the agency provided temporary lodging through Saturday for Clark’s family and gave the family a cash allowance for food and clothing.

Clark said Thursday the family was still trying to determine how many of the items that were damaged by smoke, such as their clothing, could be salvaged. She said they had some offers for housing beyond the hotel room provided by the Red Cross through Saturday.

The fire was not expected to displace a resident of the other unit in the duplex, Blocher said. According to Douglas County records, the duplex is valued at $132,000.

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christy kennedy 2 years, 11 months ago

Yikes. I think we've all forgotten something on the stove a time or two. Glad no one was hurt. You too, sychophant.

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nut_case 2 years, 11 months ago

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Bob Forer 2 years, 11 months ago

Probably only took a few gallons of water to put out the fire. It doesn't take a lot of flames for the heat and smoke to cause extensive damage throughout a house.

Having a decent fire extinguisher in the kitchen may have prevented some damage. Word of caution, however. Don't store the fire extinguisher next to the stove. I learned the hard way several years ago. Forgot to turn down the heat on some oil I was heating to fry shrimp. Phone rang, and left the kitchen for several minutes and when I returned, the top of the stove, the hood, and the cabinet above the hood were in flames.

I had a very nice, fully charged fire extinguisher in the cabinet right next to the stove, but because of the heat from the flames I was unable to grab it, and quickly realized I needed to get the hell out because the room was filling with noxious smoke. Had to call the fire department.

Had the fire extinguisher been stored anywhere but right next to the stove, I could have put out the fire and prevented a lot of smoke and heat damage, and major inconvenience.

Very stupid of me to forget to turn down the heat and to leave the pot unattended. Once flames erupt, it doesn't take very long at all for them to spread.

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