Damage from Blade and Timber fire in downtown Lawrence estimated at $100K

photo by: Nick Gerik

Smoke pours from the upper story of the Blade and Timber shop in downtown Lawrence on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019.

A fire caused an estimated $100,000 in damage at 809 Massachusetts St., which housed the business Blade and Timber.

“The initial damage estimates were $75,000 on the structure with an additional $25,000 in contents,” Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Division Chief of Administration Tom Fagan told the Journal-World via email Monday.

The fire is still under investigation, Fagan said.

Blade and Timber is an ax-throwing business that opened last year in Lawrence. The business also has two locations in Kansas City.

The fire started around 8:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, and was deemed under control about two hours later. Smoke billowed onto Massachusetts Street, and the 800 block was closed for several hours that day.

Dalton Paley, the owner of the property, told the Journal-World that evening that the damage was extensive, but the fire was primarily isolated to the first floor’s ceiling and second floor’s floor.

The fire did not cause any injuries, the Journal-World reported. The second floor of the building was only being used for storage. There was some smoke damage to neighboring Zen Zero to the south, but according to pages on the restaurant’s Facebook page, it reopened Saturday.

The Journal-World reached out to Paley Monday to ask about his plans for the property. The newspaper has also reached out to the owners of Blade and Timber to inquire about their plans and whether they’d like to rebuild in the same space.

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