Archive for Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Investigators say west Lawrence house fire was accident caused after cooking on grill

November 1, 2011


Fire investigators have determined a Sunday morning fire that displaced a family in west Lawrence was an accident due to cooking on a grill.

No one was injured in the fire at the house at 2229 Rodeo Drive that caused an estimated $228,000 in damage, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical.

Firefighters responded to the single-alarm call about midnight. When they arrived, fire engulfed the deck and spread through the roof of the one-story residence. Firefighters contained the fire about 12:30 a.m.

The Douglas County chapter of the American Red Cross provided assistance to the occupants of the home.


Phog67 6 years, 7 months ago

There is probably some ordinance regarding grills on decks of apartment buildings, but I highly doubt grills are ILLEGAL on decks at single family homes.

If there were, 99.9% of the homes with decking in Douglas County would be "illegal".

littlexav 6 years, 7 months ago

I appreciate the Red Cross being there during disasters, but these people live in a house that was worth at least $228,000. Did they really need free blankets and bottles of water?

ebyrdstarr 6 years, 7 months ago

Really? Even people who live in million dollar homes can use a little compassion and guidance from people with expertise in disasters when dealing with the shock of a house fire.

Danielle Brunin 6 years, 7 months ago

Maybe not, but that's the beauty of the Red Cross. They are there to provide help and advice regardless of your personal situation. In the aftermath of an event like a fire, having someone to help guide you as to what to do next is really invaluable since it is such a shock. Not having to worry about a hotel room for one night may not seem like much, but it is very comforting to not have to think about shelter when there is so much other stuff going on.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 7 months ago

Clipped from: "One in Five Homeowners in "Underwater" Mortgages"

Sure, their house might be "valued" at over $228,000, but that certainly does not mean they are not sweating their next mortgage payment!

I personally know some people whose home was "valued" at $750,000, but they had their home foreclosed only a couple years later. They were stuck, and couldn't get it sold.

Just because your home might have a rather impressive "worth" certainly does not mean that you are wealthy, especially with the real estate market being so uncertain right now.

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