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.


littlexav 2 years, 5 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?


toe 2 years, 5 months ago

Midnight grilling is becoming more common.


msmimi 2 years, 5 months ago

Illegal or not, common sense tells me that grilling on a deck with a roof is not too smart as heat tends to rise. May have been using a flamable liquid to get the grill going; if that is the case, why not keep a fire extinguisher handy? Lesson learned, hopefully.


Phog67 2 years, 5 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".


Number_1_Grandma 2 years, 5 months ago

Grills on decks are illegal aren't they? If so, were any tickets issued?


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