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KWCH – August 22, 2014
A Wichita man is safe tonight after his neighbor alerted him to a fire in his home.
Firefighters arrived at the home in 200 block of N. Spruce around 9:10 Thursday night.
When they got there, fire had consumed a back room of the home and the back porch.
The fire caused about $30,000.
Firefighters say thanks to the neighbor’s quick action, there were no injuries. The home did not have smoke alarms.
Investigators are looking at a generator as the possible cause of the fire.
By David A. Seaton
Winfield Courier - August 22, 2014
Shayna Griffin was watching a cartoon Wednesday morning with her 2-year-old son when a car smashed through their apartment wall at GardenWalk Apartments, launching debris and household items toward them.
“Everything came right to us. Everything was covered in debris,” Griffin said. The “TV came flying right at my head.”
Mom and son were shocked but unhurt. Then Griffin smelled and saw gas wafting inside the apartment.
The car, a 2001 red Mercury Cougar, had smashed into two gas meters and sent fumes pouring in, she said. The meters were in her living room.
Griffin called 911 as she ran outside with her son, mad at the driver, but then she noticed he could be hurt.
That was about 10 a.m.
After firefighters arrived, they directed police to help evacuate the entire complex by going door to door and telling residents about the potential danger, a fire official said.
“If there would have been an ignition source, it would have exploded or have a big gas flame,” said Arkansas City Fire-EMS Capt. Chet Ranzau.
“So we just (took) safety precautions.”
Firefighters plugged the gas leak, and after Kansas Gas Service workers gave the thumbs-up, residents were allowed back inside their units about 11 a.m., Ranzau said.
About 20 people stood outside at the south end of the complex, he estimated.
Others had left in their cars, with police directing traffic on Skyline Road. The evacuation lasted about 30 or 45 minutes, Ranzau said.
The driver suffered a minor injury to his face, said Ark City Police Capt. Mark McCaslin, possibly from the airbag. The driver refused treatment, Ranzau said.
Jeffrey Clark, of Ark City, told police he was tired and had fallen asleep at the wheel.
Amazingly, McCaslin said, Clark’s vehicle squeezed through a brick apartment sign and a stop sign, then missed a telephone pole en route to smashing through Griffin’s wall, located in Building J.
“It’s amazing that he missed those objects, and hit the building and the gas meters,” McCaslin said. “I don’t think you could do it if you tried to do it.”
Clark was cited for inattentive driving.
As for Griffin, she and her family were allowed back into the apartment about 3 p.m.
Construction workers were boarding up the hole left by the crash so she could continue to live there.
The 24-year-old recently had dropped off her older son for his first day in first grade.
She was resting in her recliner, drinking coffee and watching “Dora the Explorer” with her son when the building shook and things started to fly.
Griffin said she was screaming and “freaking out,” but her son wasn’t.
“He just covered up himself with his blanket and looked at me,” Griffin said.
By the afternoon, she had calmed down, she said, but also was concerned that insurance would not cover damage to her property.
“I’m very thankful that my son or myself didn’t (get) smashed by flying debris,” Griffin said.
“And the driver was OK, so I was happy about that. It was weird how he wrecked into it.”
By Kari Blurton
Hays Post – August 22, 2014
Both the Ellis County Emergency Medical Services and the Hays Police Department are stepping up to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge issued Monday by the Hays Fire Department.
Approximately 16 off-duty Ellis County EMS employees gathered at Orscheln Farm and Home Store on Thursday morning to accept the challenge, and each will be donating money to the ALS Association.
The water used by EMS crew, which was standing inside a livestock watering tub, is being recycled by Orscheln.
The Hays Police Department will take their ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Friday morning at 11:10 a.m. in front of Hays High School, where high school students will do the honors of throwing the ice water on the officers.
The public is invited to attend.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has become a nationwide trend and is a fundraiser for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, otherwise known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. As of Thursday, more than $41 million has been raised for ALS research in three weeks as a result of the Ice Bucket Challenge phenomenon.
By Caroline Sweeney
Topeka Capital Journal – August 22, 2014
Firefighters extinguished a blaze at a vacant building on Main Street in Mayetta late Thursday night.
Fire crews from four fire companies responded to the call at 104 Main St. around 10:12 p.m.
Responding crews came from the Potawatomi Tribal Fire Department, as well as Holton Fire Department, Hoyt Fire Department and Mayetta Fire Department. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Jackson County EMS also responded.
When firefighters arrived, the shed was fully engulfed in flames, Mayetta Fire Chief Andy Schiefelbein said. The crews were able to extinguish the fire by 11:10 p.m. but remained on scene until about 11:30 p.m. to put out hot spots.
Residents of nearby homes sat on sidewalks and looked on as firefighters fought the fire, which produced a putrid smell due to the burning blue paint, Schiefelbein said.
The building had once served as a cafe but had more recently been used as an office, Jackson County Sheriff Tim Morse said.
The back of the building sustained the most damage, including gaping holes in the roof.
Walrod Brothers Antiques, a neighboring business, was originally believed to have been engulfed as well but Schiefelbein said the store only suffered smoke damage.
Morse said the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office was contacted Thursday night and was expected to visit the site Friday morning to aid the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office in investigating the fire.
The cause of the fire and amount of the loss were not known Thursday night.