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Archive for Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Fire causes major damage to home on Maple Street in North Lawrence; two dogs perish

Crews work a fully-involved house fire on the 700 block of Maple Street in North Lawrence on Wednesday morning.

May 18, 2011, 6:15 a.m. Updated May 18, 2011, 2:09 p.m.

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A Lawrence firefighter works the scene of a blaze on the 700 block of Maple Steet in North Lawrence on Wednesday, May 18, 2011. The fire was declared under control about 6:45 a.m.

A Lawrence firefighter works the scene of a blaze on the 700 block of Maple Steet in North Lawrence on Wednesday, May 18, 2011. The fire was declared under control about 6:45 a.m.

Firefighters work to put out a house fire on the 700 block of Maple Steet in North Lawrence on Wednesday, May 18, 2011. An adjacent camper also caught fire.

Firefighters work to put out a house fire on the 700 block of Maple Steet in North Lawrence on Wednesday, May 18, 2011. An adjacent camper also caught fire.

Maple Street Structure Fire

Toni Marie Flint and her boyfriend, Corey Lee Warner, awoke about 6 a.m. Wednesday to Flint’s stepmother yelling “Fire! Fire!”

Flint, 18, ran up the basement stairs in their North Lawrence home, where she saw heavy black smoke. She ran back down to the basement, screaming at Warner to get up.

Even though Flint had struck her head while returning to the basement, all three residents escaped the burning house at 785 Maple St.

“We got out of the house, pulled out the two cars and had called 911. By that time, the house started collapsing,” said Warner, 20, as he watched firefighters work on hot spots in the heavily damage house.

Chief Mark Bradford, of Lawrence Douglas County Fire and Medical, said all three residents had escaped the home before crews arrived. Due to heavy flames, firefighters immediately went into a defensive mode before extinguishing it within 30 minutes. The house and a camper adjacent to the house sustained heavy damage, said Capt. Pat Karlin, the fire and medical acting shift commander.

Flint’s stepmother, Debbie Flint, who frequently uses oxygen due to a medical condition, was evaluated by medics and received oxygen treatment at the scene. Toni Marie Flint, suffered a facial injury and slight burns on her feet, Warner said.

"What are we going to do?" Warner said. "At least we all made it. At least most of the dogs made it."

Warner said two the family's 11 dachshund dogs were not yet accounted for, and Bradford said two dogs perished in the fire.

Bradford said Wednesday afternoon that investigators were still looking into the cause of the fire but that they didn’t expect it to be anything suspicious. He said the department estimated the fire caused $77,000 in damage to the house, contents and vehicles on the property.

The Douglas County chapter of the American Red Cross provided an allowance for food and clothing to the three residents, who said they would be able to stay with family and friends, said Kristy Wempe-Bellinger, the chapter’s health and safety director.

According to Douglas County records, Edward Flint Jr. is listed as the owner.

Comments

Henry_the_liberal 3 years, 7 months ago

Read that again. I really wish this family the best in the coming weeks. I hope they can rebuild their lives after such a tragedy.

greenworld 3 years, 7 months ago

Doesnt sound like everybody made it out. 2 dogs still havent been found. What's the limit I wonder for how many pets somebody can own or have inside city limits?

Take_a_letter_Maria 3 years, 7 months ago

I have been told in the past that 4 is the maximum but I don't remember if that was per person or per household.

Tammy Copp-Barta 3 years, 7 months ago

I was told by the Humane Society that 3 was the maximum limit. So I'm curious about the 4. Either way .. too many .. but if no one knows about them, or complains about them you'd get away with more. Sorry for the loss of the two ..

mawils 3 years, 7 months ago

It is 4 dogs and like 15 cats per household in Lawrence city limits

Kylee Manahan 3 years, 7 months ago

Have you thought that maybe they are breeders since the dogs were all the same breed? Puppies from a litter?

conservative 3 years, 7 months ago

I have always understood it to be a maximum of 4 per household.

Bursting 3 years, 7 months ago

I don't think the dogs started the fire guys.... Glad to hear the family is ok!!!!

Cimmy Redmond 3 years, 7 months ago

It's possible the woman was injured trying to rescue eleven dogs. Animal issues are "real issues".

Cimmy Redmond 3 years, 7 months ago

It's possible the woman was injured trying to rescue eleven dogs. Animal issues are "real issues".

Cimmy Redmond 3 years, 7 months ago

It's possible the woman was injured trying to rescue eleven dogs. Animal issues are "real issues".

rockchalker52 3 years, 7 months ago

Oletimer, a lil' cranky are we? You are stereo-typifying your screen name. You're also entitled to your opinion, as ironic as it may be. Great news that no people died.

Kylee Manahan 3 years, 7 months ago

I agree, again they may be breeders. They may have had a litter of pups.

mom_of_three 3 years, 7 months ago

since you chose to comment, are you an "idiot" as well?

The number of dogs was in the article and it created questions...i see no problem with having questions.

glad mrs. flint and family is okay, since she uses oxygen and they all injured themselves on the way out.

Kontum1972 3 years, 7 months ago

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KansasPerson 3 years, 7 months ago

I am very sorry for the house's inhabitants and hope they can recover from this, physically, emotionally, and financially. Sometimes older houses (and maybe even younger houses) can have electrical faults or some other invisible thing that can cause a huge disaster. I am so glad that they woke up in time -- it does indeed sound like a close call.

Danielle Brunin 3 years, 7 months ago

Yes, this! Both homeowners and renter's insurance is so cheap (think ~$15 a month), and if the unthinkable happens, it will at least make things a little easier. No one ever thinks they are going to be the victim of a fire, tornado, whatever, but it's gonna be somebody and you might as well be prepared. It also covers your hide for liability in case you cause the fire, which can be really important if you live in an apartment.

All the best in the world to them, and my sincere condolences on the loss of their beloved pets.

Loretta James 3 years, 7 months ago

I agree everyone talking about all the dogs. How about talking about is their anywhere we can take clothes money or dog food to help them out. So sorry to hear about your disaster Debbie and corey prayers to you and your family.

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