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Jefferson County structure fire brought under control

Operation 100 News report

Firefighters from Meriden and at least two nearby townships battled a structure fire just off of Kansas Highway 4 on the outskirts of town early Saturday.

The call was dispatched around 12:10 a.m. after a caller reported fire from a building in the 7100 block of K-4.

Fire crews arrived to report flames through the roof of the large machine shop building. The address given by firefighters is 7127 K-4, which shows to be Quality Custom Cabinets.

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Google Earth image of the area.

Google Earth image of the area. by Mike Frizzell

There were several water tankers on the scene supplying water to fight the fire. Crews were unable to enter the building to attack the fire, instead they used at least one aerial ladder to spray water through the building's roof.

Incident command declared the fire to be under control around 3:30 a.m..

Meriden is about 10 miles northeast of Topeka or 17 miles northwest of Lawrence.

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One person transported by ambulance from fully engulfed Jefferson County house fire

Volunteer firefighters from at least four Jefferson County departments are on scene of a structure fire in Sarcoxie Township.

The address of the fire scene is 19883 31st Street. The scene is approximately five miles west of Tonganoxie and approximately six miles north of Lawrence Municipal Airport.

First reports of the fire were received just before 12:50 Thursday morning. Fire crews began to arrive on the scene about 15 minutes later. At least four separate dispatches have been sent calling for additional manpower. Winchester Fire was dispatched to assist on the call at 1:51 a.m.. Tonganoxie Township Fire, of Leavenworth County, was added to the call just after 2 a.m..

The caller is said to be a neighbor, who also reported what they believed to be ammunition discharging inside the involved structure and that there is a "large" propane tank 10-15 feet away from the structure.

Aerial image of the Jefferson County house fire scene from Google Earth.

Aerial image of the Jefferson County house fire scene from Google Earth. by Mike Frizzell

Crews are currently battling the fire defensively and have not entered the structure. At 1:33 a.m., firefighters reported that half of the house had collapsed and there is a power line down in the yard.

A Jefferson County EMS unit has transported at least one person from the scene. That person is said to be a resident of the home. The extent of that person's injuries remains unclear at this time. A second EMS unit remains on standby near the scene.

McLouth Fire, Winchester Fire and Rural Township Fire are on scene assisting Sarcoxie Township Fire.

The fire was said to be "largely collapsed and under control" at 1:54 a.m..

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Fuel spill in Jefferson County

Emergency crews from at least two counties responded on a diesel fuel spill late Friday night. The scene is the BP station, located at 101 E. Lake Street. The station is on the southeast corner of Lake and Union Streets in the heart of McLouth.

Outside of McLouth, Lake Street is known as Kansas Highway 16.

A diesel tanker was reportedly resupplying the gas station's diesel tank when 1,200 to 1,300 gallons of diesel spilled onto the ground. Crews reported that some of the fuel had ran downhill and into storm drains. The spill was also reported to have "covered" at least one neighbor's backyard.

A caller to the Lawrence Journal-World said that "homes all around the area were being evacuated."

Emergency crews on the scene include; McLouth Police & Fire Department, Oskaloosa Fire Department, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County Fire Districts 8 & 9, and Leavenworth County Emergency Management. An earlier report from the Lawrence Journal-World says that Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical was also involved on the call. The Kansas Division of Emergency Management has also been notified of the spill.

These crews are also being assisted by a private contractor, Haz-Mat Response Inc., of Olathe, Kansas.

An employee with Haz-Mat Response, Olathe, places a hose to suck up diesel fuel in a ditch Saturday near 106 E. Pearl St. in McLouth. A diesel tanker was resupplying a BP gas station's diesel tank Friday night at 101 E. Lake St., also known as Kansas Highway 16, when over a thousand gallons of diesel spilled onto the ground and into a nearby neighborhood. Residents of two homes on E. Pearl Street voluntarily evacuated their home because of the smell.

An employee with Haz-Mat Response, Olathe, places a hose to suck up diesel fuel in a ditch Saturday near 106 E. Pearl St. in McLouth. A diesel tanker was resupplying a BP gas station's diesel tank Friday night at 101 E. Lake St., also known as Kansas Highway 16, when over a thousand gallons of diesel spilled onto the ground and into a nearby neighborhood. Residents of two homes on E. Pearl Street voluntarily evacuated their home because of the smell. by Mike Yoder

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Car chase begins in N. Lawrence, ends 35 minutes later near Topeka

Authorities from at least five law enforcement agencies were involved in a lengthy pursuit early this morning.

Around 2:10 a.m., police from Lawrence and Topeka attempted to stop a white 2001 GMC Jimmy that was northbound on N. 2nd Street near Lincoln Street. The driver chose to flee and the chase was on.

Douglas County Deputies joined the pursuit as the vehicle sped passed TeePee Junction, intersection of U.S. Highways 24-59 and 24-40. The chase continued northbound on U.S. Highway 24-40 with speeds reaching 70 miles per hour.

As the pursuit passed Midland Junction and entered Jefferson County, at least one of their deputies joined the pursuit. Speeds ranged from 45-70 miles per hour while continuing westbound on U.S. Highway 24.

A Jefferson County Deputy was able to get in front of the pursuit and laid spike strips near Decatur Road, just east of Grantville. The vehicle hit the spike strips, shredding at least one tire.

Shawnee County Deputies and more Topeka Police officers joined the pursuit as they entered Shawnee County and eastern Topeka. A Deputy spiked the vehicle a second time near Kansas Highway 4. The second set of spike strips damaged the remaining tires on the vehicle.

After striking a bridge guardrail and making a U-turn into the eastbound lanes of U.S. Highway 24, the vehicle became stuck in the grassy median. The driver and a passenger were taken into custody just east of Kaw Valley Road in eastern Topeka at 2:46 a.m..

No injuries were reported in the chase that spanned about 27 miles, across parts of three counties and lasted 35 minutes.

The driver is reportedly the suspect that Topeka Police were in Lawrence looking for this morning. As of this report there is no official confirmation as to what that man was wanted for.

Check back with this report and the Lawrence Journal-World for updates as new information becomes available.

The activity blogged above was reported as it was unfolding by Operation 100 News. Learn how to receive breaking news updates here. For a full look at incidents from Douglas and Johnson counties this morning, take a look at the Operation 100 News twitter feed using the link above.

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