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Lawrence and Douglas County

Lawrence and Douglas county

Fire at apartment building early Sunday morning fits pattern of recent suspected arsons

November 12, 2012, 3:44 p.m. Updated November 13, 2012, 12:06 a.m.

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Fire crews responded to a fire outside of an apartment door on the third floor of this Cedarwood Apartment building Sunday shortly before 4 a.m. The fire was just the recent in a string of 10 suspected arsons in the area.

Fire crews responded to a fire outside of an apartment door on the third floor of this Cedarwood Apartment building Sunday shortly before 4 a.m. The fire was just the recent in a string of 10 suspected arsons in the area.

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A fire early Sunday morning bears similarities to a string of suspected arsons reported by public safety officials during the past couple weeks in Lawrence.

Fire officials, who have sought public assistance, have released little information about the cases. They have said they suspect arson in fires reported since Oct. 19 in an area from 23rd Street south to 25th Street and from Iowa Street east to Naismith Drive.

Sunday’s fire was reported shortly before 4 a.m. at an apartment complex at 1703 W. 24th St., according to Mike Frizzell of the Journal-World’s reporting partner, Operation100 News. The building had filled with smoke and there were reports of a “bag of chips” on fire in a third floor hallway. Crews quickly extinguished the fire, and no injuries were reported.

On Monday, Fire Chief Mark Bradford declined to provide more information about the fire but did release a fire report, which categorized the fire as an arson.

Bradford did not say whether officials believe Sunday’s fire was related to the string of suspected arsons. He has declined to provide information on any of the suspected arsons.

The Journal-World filed an open records request last week for all fire reports in Lawrence since Oct. 19. Those reports — provided at a cost of $110 — detailed nine fires that fit a similar pattern.

Here are the times, dates and locations of those nine cases:

• 11:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, 2340 Murphy Drive.

• 3:58 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2429 Redbud Lane.

• 1:49 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, 1732 W. 24th St.

• 9:20 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, 1722 W. 24th St.

• 1:35 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, 1733 W. 24th St.

• 3:13 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2, 1504 W. 24th St.

• 4 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, 2350 Ridge Court.

• 7:03 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2414 Cedarwood Drive.

• 4:57 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, 1018 W. 24th St.

According to the fire reports, eight of the nine reported fires were at multi-unit apartment complexes, while one fire occurred in a trash receptacle. On five of the reports, “arson” is indicated.

In several of the cases, fire crews arrived to find materials such as papers on fire in hallways at the apartment complexes. None of the fires caused major damage, and there have not been any reported injuries as a result of the fires.

Check LJWorld.com for updates as they become available.

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Public safety officials say there have been a series of intentionally set fires at apartment complexes in this area of Lawrence since Oct. 19.

Comments

worden747 2 years, 1 month ago

Right now no one has been hurt but unless caught, it is only a matter of time before some is hurt or dies as an result of these fires!! If set in a place where the apartments are not up to code or people have disconnected their alarms it could get deadly!!

thefisherman 2 years, 1 month ago

I will be able to sleep well tonight knowing that the reports cost $110.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 1 month ago

More likely a pyromaniac midget who likes to sling BS.

adatomato 2 years, 1 month ago

I am so glad you will be able to sleep tonight. I won't. I will be worrying about how to get my daughter and her wheelchair out if someone decides to set my building on fire. Again, this is not FUNNY!

broddie 2 years, 1 month ago

Arsonists are almost always troubled, mentally ill individuals.

Everyone in the neighborhood needs to keep their eyes and ears open. If you see or hear a kid even talking or joking about setting a fire, report them immediately. Arsonists like to talk about what they did.

broddie 2 years, 1 month ago

Oh, and let's get one thing straight. Nobody's gonna get a beat-down for "snitching" on a crazy firebug. This obviously isn't gang-drug turf related. It's the work of a lone mentally ill individual who must be stopped at all costs. A reward should be posted (the owners of the apartment buildings should pool their resources and come up with a decent amount--say 10K) to help get this sick person off the street and into treatment (or prison) before someone dies in a fire.

bearded_gnome 2 years, 1 month ago

no, it isn't funny at all, and we're just lucky nobody's been hurt so far.

I know some of the victims.

my ref above is actually based on national reports. there have been reports of ecoterrorsts doing such.

broddie 2 years, 1 month ago

What "ref above" are you talking about? "eco-terrorists?" are you saying that they routinely start fires with bags of potato chips as accelerant?

adatomato 2 years, 1 month ago

bearded_gnome Thank you for acknowledging my concern. This whole thing is upsetting. I keep an eye out all the time for anything strange going on.

Frederic Gutknecht IV 2 years, 1 month ago

The Flaming Chips gang will be caught...every one of them...Mono, Sodium, Gluta and Mate.

grammaddy 2 years, 1 month ago

I bet it's someone who lives in that area.

nbj688 2 years ago

I agree I think that they might even live in the same building or the one across from it. Cedarwood or Hillview.

bearded_gnome 2 years, 1 month ago

^^What "ref above" are you talking about? "eco-terrorists?" are you saying that they routinely start fires with bags of potato chips as accelerant?

--my first comment got removed as I made ref o specific sprawl protestors/posters on here.

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