Fire at mobile home park near Douglas County Fairgrounds damages multiple homes, kills pet

photo by: Chris Conde/Journal-World

Damaged homes at the Brookwood Mobile Home Park are pictured Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, after an overnight fire.

Updated at 10 a.m. Friday

Lawrence emergency crews late Thursday battled a fire in a mobile home park near the Douglas County Fairgrounds that had affected at least three homes there, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical.

All occupants from the three homes were able to get out, and the Red Cross was contacted to assist the residents, the fire department said, but one pet died in the fire. A resident at the scene Friday said the pet was a dog.

Firefighters arrived at Brookwood Mobile Home Park after receiving a 911 call at 11:11 p.m. to find a mobile home fully engulfed, and the heat from the home was extreme enough to damage homes on both sides of it. The fire was brought under control at 12:02 a.m. Friday, the fire department said.

One Brookwood resident at the scene Friday morning, who did not want to be identified, said he had just gone to bed Thursday night when he heard a loud boom. He went to his living room window and could see a large fire on a neighbor’s porch, he said. Though this man’s mobile home sustained some damage from the fire, he was able to remain at his home.

photo by: Chris Conde/Journal-World

Heat from the overnight fire damaged a home at the Brookwood Mobile Home Park, pictured Friday, Sept. 23, 2022.

One firefighter received minor injuries while battling the fire.

The mobile home park is just north of the Douglas County Fairgrounds in eastern Lawrence. The mobile home park also is largely north and east of the Lawrence Humane Society building.

Fire investigators were on scene Friday morning to determine the cause of the fire.


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