Archive for Monday, February 6, 2012

Early-morning fire destroys parks and recreation maintenance facility at 11th and Haskell

February 6, 2012

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A Lawrence Parks and Recreation maintenance facility has been destroyed by an early-morning fire near 11th and Haskell, City Manager David Corliss has confirmed.

A Lawrence fireman photographs the electrical box on the back of a Lawrence Parks and Recreation maintenance facility that was destroyed by an early-morning fire near 12th and Haskell. Crews responded to a two-alarm fire at 5 a.m. on Monday at 1141 Haskell..

A Lawrence fireman photographs the electrical box on the back of a Lawrence Parks and Recreation maintenance facility that was destroyed by an early-morning fire near 12th and Haskell. Crews responded to a two-alarm fire at 5 a.m. on Monday at 1141 Haskell..

A reader submitted this photo of crews battling a blaze at a city parks and recreation building at 12th and Haskell.

A reader submitted this photo of crews battling a blaze at a city parks and recreation building at 12th and Haskell.

A reader submitted this photo of crews battling a blaze at a city parks and recreation building at 12th and Haskell.

A reader submitted this photo of crews battling a blaze at a city parks and recreation building at 12th and Haskell.

Crews responded to a two-alarm fire at 5 a.m. on Monday at 1141 Haskell.

“The building appears to be a total loss,” Corliss said. “We’ll be going through the process to try to salvage any tools, but I can’t imagine there is anything else that can be saved.”

As of 8 a.m., crews were still blocking traffic near the 11th and Haskell intersection.

The building is just north of the city’s public works garage, which was not damaged in the fire. Corliss said the building was unoccupied at the time of the fire, and that there were no injuries to report.

Corliss said one city vehicle was in the building and was destroyed.

The building serves as the headquarters for the Parks and Recreation’s building maintenance crew, which maintains recreation centers and other facilities. Corliss said parks and recreation services will not be impacted in a manner noticeable to the public.

“But there will be some substantial inconvenience for parks and recreation employees,” Corliss said. “It was a significant part of their operations.”

Corliss said the building is covered by insurance, but the city did not have replacement insurance on the vehicle.

“That is just something we’ll have to deal with as part of the budget process,” Corliss said.

A dollar estimate on the total losses from the fire is not yet available. Corliss also said the cause of the fire remains under investigation by the city’s fire department.

Comments

Nanna1 3 years, 1 month ago

It states that it didn't have replacement insurance. Most people don't unless it's a newer vehicle. I am sure they had insurance but not enough to replace a vehicle.

otto 3 years, 1 month ago

Isn't it also possible the city is self insured in some way?

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 1 month ago

Yes, that is certainly possible.

After a friend of mine, Donna (Graham) Wortman, was killed by a negligent driver of a garbage truck in 1986, the city of Lawrence's insurance company had to pay out $1,000,000. After that, the city was not able to buy any liability insurance of any kind at any price for a few years.

So, for quite some time, yes, the city of Lawrence had to self insure. I do not know about the situation today.

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