Firefighters contain garage fire

Dodge City Firefighters tear through a garage door with a Halligan tool and axe to finish off the flame that claimed a detached garage behind a Fourth Aveue home, Friday. Christopher Guinn/Dodge City Daily Globe

Dodge City Firefighters tear through a garage door with a Halligan tool and axe to finish off the flame that claimed a detached garage behind a Fourth Aveue home, Friday. Christopher Guinn/Dodge City Daily Globe

Flame quickly engulfed the structure, burning hot and warping a neighbor's siding, but the fire was contained and did not seem to damage an attached carport or the home at the front of the property. Ed O'Neal/Dodge City Daily Globe

Flame quickly engulfed the structure, burning hot and warping a neighbor’s siding, but the fire was contained and did not seem to damage an attached carport or the home at the front of the property. Ed O’Neal/Dodge City Daily Globe

By Christopher Guinn
Dodge City Globe – October 24, 2014

The fire in a detached garage behind a Fourth Avenue home burned hot and quick, engulfing the mixed wood frame and block structure seemingly used for storage and warping the siding on the second story of the neighboring house.

Dodge City Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames before it spread to the home at the front of the property or the neighboring house. The attached covered carport behind the garage was seemingly untouched, as well. No one was injured in the blaze.

The firefighters, Ford County EMS and Dodge City Police responded to the fire at 1303 Fourth Avenue around 4:40 p.m., Friday.

Firefighters contained the fire quickly from the close confines on the side of the building, snaking two hoses through a back alley and having to punch through a metal door to soak the cluttered interior of the garage that appeared to be used for storage.

At press time, the fire department was still investigating the cause of the fire.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

Firefighters rescue, revive several pets from Kenwood house fire

By Samantha Foster
Topeka Capital Journal – October 24, 2014

Topeka firefighters rescued and revived several pets from a residential fire Friday afternoon in the Kenwood neighborhood.

Fire crews were called on a report of a structure fire about 3:50 p.m. at 315 S.W. Quinton, just south of Meadows Elementary.

Battalion chief Chris Cervantes said at the scene that when crews arrived, they saw smoke coming from the front door. An adult man who was the home’s only occupant at the time of the fire had exited the house, Cervantes said, but had attempted to re-enter multiple times to save his family’s pets.

When firefighters entered the residence, they located the dogs and cats and began carrying them outside to safety.

“I was watching, and they just kept bringing one after another after another,” Cervantes said.

Firefighters worked to revive the animals with oxygen masks, and all but two cats survived, he said. Cervantes wasn’t sure exactly how many pets were rescued, but a Capital-Journal reporter counted at least five dogs and four cats.

“Our crews did an excellent job as far as using the animal oxygen masks,” Cervantes said. “When I first saw (the animals), I didn’t see any of them moving.”

Three of the small dogs that revived most quickly were carried down the street, where someone had offered to keep them in a yard. An Animal Control officer arrived later and took custody of two dogs and two cats. That officer also disposed of the bodies of two cats that had died from the smoke.

Cervantes said the home’s occupant had suffered minor smoke inhalation and was checked by American Medical Response personnel at the scene.

The man said he was asleep when the fire started, Cervantes said, and thought the smoke detector may have woken him.

“He didn’t know if it was that or just a sixth sense,” he said. “He woke up and came out of the house, then made his multiple attempts to go in, locate his animals and bring them out.”

The cause of the blaze hadn’t been determined as of 5 p.m., but Cervantes said firefighters had located it in the home’s basement. Basement fires are difficult to find, he said, especially when a house is filled with smoke so firefighters can’t see to find the stairs.

Cervantes said the animals the firefighters were able to revive likely would need some further treatment. However, he said, their chances for survival increased greatly because crews were able to put the oxygen masks on the animals right away.

“I think that’s probably what made survival chances for these animals significantly greater than if we didn’t have them,” he said. “It would’ve been a whole different ballgame.”

No damage estimate was initially available. Fire investigators were waiting for the house to be ventilated and carbon monoxide levels to decrease before entering to survey the damage and search for the fire’s cause.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

Enterprise Fire Department receives $5,000

Abilene Reflector Chronicle – October 24, 2014

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Fire Chief Cecil Thrush (right), chief of the Enterprise Fire Department, receives a $5,000 grant check from Cary Simpson, of Transcanada Corporation. The grant is available through a Community investment program of the corporation. The fire department will use the grant money toward the purchase of a Thermal Imaging Camera and for fire prevention materials.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

Hay bale fire I-70 East at Halstead Road

Salina Post – October 24, 2014

Fire crews and the Kansas Highway Patrol responded to a hay bale fire just after 11 a.m. on Friday in Saline County.

The bales were on fire in the back of a truck on Interstate 70 just west of Halstead Road.
Scott Abker, Saline County Rural Fire District 3 Chief said there were three-square bales on fire in the back of a Ford F250 pickup.

“The bales came in close contact to the exhaust and caught fire,” he said. “The bales were pushed out of the truck and extinguished.

There were no injuries reported.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

Hays firefighters respond to overnight kitchen fire

Hays Post – October 24, 2014

At around 2:30 a.m. Friday, the City of Hays Fire Department, supported by the City of Hays Police Department and Ellis County EMS, was dispatched to a report of a building fire at 3510 Canal Blvd.

According to Fire Chief Gary Brown, on arrival, firefighters found a decaying kitchen fire in one unit of a four unit apartment building. Firefighters used a fire extinguisher to compete extinguishment. First arriving police officers made sure that the occupants of all four units had evacuated. One occupant was treated and transported by Ellis County EMS to HaysMed with non-life threatening injuries.

The kitchen suffered significant fire damage however the fire was only smoldering on the arrival of firefighters. The rest of the apartment suffered heat and smoke damage. Smoke and carbon monoxide had spread throughout the building. The occupant of the fire apartment reported that he woke-up to find his apartment filled with smoke. He escaped his apartment, woke up neighbors in an adjacent building to call 911 and then went back to knock on doors in the fire building to alert others to the danger.

Fifteen firefighters staffing five fire trucks responded. The last fire crews left the scene at 4:03 AM.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

1 dead in northwest Sedgwick County house fire

KAKE – October 24, 2014

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One person has been found dead inside a house on fire in northwest Sedgwick County.

Firefighters were called to a house in the 5100 block of North Ridge shortly before 8 a.m. Friday. When they arrived, they found heavy smoke pouring from the home.

About 30 minutes later, crews located a person inside. Firefighters brought the person outside, but EMS crews pronounced the person dead at the scene.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

Kansas Search and Rescue Training Conference

Gove County Advocate – October 1, 2014
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – October 24, 2014

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On September 17 and 18, the Kansas Search and Rescue Training Conference was held in Salina, Kansas. Brad Wagoner (City of Quinter/Quinter Fire and Rescue) and Rodney Salyers (Quinter City Marshal) attended the training events for high angle rope rescue. This type of rescue can be used in our area for Grain Elevator accidents, deep confined space rescue, and deep rescues into ravines or caverns.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster