A Sunday morning fire at a house in the 1300 block of Tennessee Street that displaced several Kansas University students has caused $264,000 in damage, fire officials said.
Lawrence Douglas County Fire Medical Chief Mark Bradford said Monday the fire was still under investigation but initially investigators have concluded the fire was an accident.
No one was injured. One KU student, Andrew Adford, said Sunday he awoke at 6 a.m. and noticed a couch on the front porch was on fire, so he began to wake up other people in the house. Bradford said everyone in the house escaped without injury, but the fire caused major damage to the three-story residence.
Jane Blocher, executive director of the Douglas County chapter of the American Red Cross, said residents declined assistance for lodging but the chapter provided financial assistance for food and clothing to seven of the 10 residents. Blocher said Monday the Red Cross was still working to see if two residents needed assistance and one person declined help. She also said the residents would be working with KU about possible help replacing items such as textbooks and other school supplies.