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August 17th Early Morning Law Enforcement & Fire/Medical wrap up


Not too far outside of Douglas County, firefighters just outside of Tonganoxie responded on a report of a house fire just before 2 a.m.. A man and his daughter reportedly awoke to a barking dog, to find a fire in the basement of the home at 20356 Parallel Road. Both people were able to escape from the house and call for help from a neighbors home. Firefighters arrived to find flames visible through windows. Initial reports indicate that the fire was believed to have been sparked by an electrical issue in the home's basement. The State Fire Marshal's office is on scene investigating this morning.

Back in Lawrence, Police investigated a couple nuisance complaints, disturbances and conducted several vehicle stops.

Officers made three arrests this morning for trespassing. The first two occurred around 2:15 a.m. in the 2500 block of W 31st Street. The third arrest occurred around 6:45 a.m. after an unknown man walked into an apartment in the 1300 block of W 24th Street. The man reportedly helped himself to one of the bedrooms and laid in the bed. He was quickly arrested. It was not immediately clear if the door was left open, unlocked or why it was so easy for the man to simply walk in.

Shortly after 4:30 a.m., Police and Fire/Medical responded on a report of a structure fire in the 5000 block of Clinton Parkway. The caller told emergency dispatchers that there was a smoke odor and the building's fire alarm was sounding. Firefighters arrived to report nothing showing from the exterior of the building. Upon further investigation the source of the odor was determined to be burning food. Medics evaluated one person on the scene, inside the apartment where the burning food was found. No one was reported to have been transported by medics from the scene.

None of this morning's activity was reported to have involved any serious injuries.

The activity blogged here is only a sampling of some of the things that Douglas County Law Enforcement and Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical respond on. To see a complete list of Lawrence Police activity, the department has that available on their website along with several easy to use maps that show approximate locations for Police activity.

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