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Firefighters evacuate sleeping man from his burning Baldwin City home
Several area fire departments have responded to a reported structure fire in Baldwin City this morning.
The call was dispatched as a possible structure fire at the intersection of 9th Street and High Street just before 1:35 Saturday morning. Responding firefighters reported flames visible on their approach. Medics arrived to confirm that the two story structure was fully involved.
Fire crews forced their way through a front door where they found a man sleeping on a couch. That man told firefighters that he was the only person at home. The man was checked out by medics at the scene and released.
Firefighters reported a partial collapse of the structure at 2:40 a.m.. At that time crews continued to battle the fire.
Incident command has requested the Red Cross be notified for one resident who was displaced. The Kansas State Fire Marshal Office has also been requested to respond to investigate the cause of the fire.
Baldwin City Fire is receiving assistance from Palmyra Township Fire, Wellsville Fire (Franklin County), and Willow Springs Township Fire. All mutual aid fire crews were released from the scene shortly after 4 a.m.. Baldwin City firefighters remained on the scene to watch for hot spots.
No injuries were reported.
Check back to this post for updates as they become available and with the Lawrence Journal-World for a full report on the fire later Saturday.
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