Jefferson Co. Woman Rescued From Pond Drain

By Melissa Brunner
WIBW – May 26, 2015

A close call for a Jefferson County woman who spent nearly two hours stuck in a pond drain tube.

Jefferson Co. Sheriff Jeff Herrig says the woman was cleaning out the drain of a pond Sunday on her property near 132nd and Ferguson Road when a blockage broke free, and her leg got sucked in.

Several emergency response crews worked to free her. Herrig says she was taken to the hospital with a leg injury and possible hypothermia, but is expected to recover.

Lightning strike causes house fire in Goddard

By Gabriella Dunn
Wichita Eagle – May 25, 2015

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Lightning from severe thunderstorms Monday afternoon sparked a fire at a home in Goddard, and floodwaters swept an SUV off the road in Crawford County.

Lightning struck the back of the roof on a one-story house in Goddard at around 3:30 p.m. Eddie Fajardo, division chief for the Sedgwick County Fire Department, said the fire started on the roof line and spread to the soffit, or the overhang on the house.

The house was down the street from Sedgwick County Fire Station 35, so rescuers got to the scene shortly after the fire was reported.

“Luckily, they got it stopped on the back side,” Fajardo said.

Rescuers put out the fire within a couple of hours. Fajardo said investigators were still surveying the damage but that the house is likely livable.

“We had a little bit of a problem tearing into the roof because of the peaks of the ceilings and stuff inside, but we got it all torn out,” he said.

The house had vaulted ceilings, which Fajardo said make it harder to control the fire because of less attic space.

He said he didn’t know how many people were in the house at the time of the fire but that no one was injured.

In Crawford County, a 1993 Jeep Wrangler was swept off the road and then submerged in water off the roadway, according to a news release from the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

The incident happened on 520th Avenue, about half a mile west of 70th Street. The call reporting the incident came in at 2:08 a.m.

The news release identified the driver and three passengers. One of the passengers, Matthew Gath of McCune, managed to get out of the car and went to a nearby residence to call for help. Crawford County Emergency Management Services personnel rescued the driver, Terry R. Gath of McCune, and the other two passengers, Terry L. Gath of Scranton, Ark., and Rebecca Gath of Altamont. Rebecca Gath was transported to Via Christi Hospital with minor injuries. Officials could not be reached for an update on her condition.

The Wichita area might see a respite in rainfall on Tuesday and Wednesday, said Brad Ketcham, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Wichita, but stronger chances for rainfall are expected Thursday and Friday.

“With this kind of flow pattern, this kind of tropical air mass laying around, there will be chances (of rain) every day,” Ketcham said.

Contributing: Jerry Siebenmark of The Eagle

Fatal small plane crash in SW Kansas

KAKE – May 25, 2015

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash of a small plane in southwest Kansas. The NTSB tweeted that the plane went down in Syracuse, in Hamilton County.

The NTSB said the plane that crashed is a Yak-52, a Soviet trainer plane.

Killed was Anthony Englert, 54, of Syracuse.

The Highway Patrol crash log indicates the plane traveled a short distance before impacting the ground nose first. The crash happened one mile south of the intersection of U.S. Highway 50 and Kansas Highway 27.

Tornado damage reported in Gray County

KWCH – May 25, 2015

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We are receiving several reports of storm damage in western Kansas due to a tornado.

The National Weather Service in Dodge City has three reports of damage– one of the reports is near the town of Ensign where a home sustained significant damage. The owner of that home is a firefighter, he was checking for damage in other areas when the tornado hit. He says his home has a lot of damage on the backside.

The National Weather Service is reporting a barn and a porch were damaged in Gray County. A storm spotter also reported a tornado hit a wind turbine.

Victory Electric Cooperative Association posted on Facebook the tornado damaged a transmission line to a substation. It says that substation feed many small towns and they are working to repair the damage.

So far there have been no reports of injuries.

Crews responding to fire, heavy smoke at Pet World

Lawrence Journal World – May 25, 2015

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Lawrence emergency crews responded to reports of fire and heavy smoke at Pet World, 711 W 23rd St., around 12:30 p.m. Monday.

Firefighters were working at the front and back of the building, which is located in the Malls Shopping Center.

Several veterinarians gathered in the parking lot to offer assistance as firefighters began removing animals from the building around 1:20 p.m.

Pet World was closed at the time of the fire, according to a post on the store’s Twitter account.

Water rescue in Crawford County, Kansas

By Aaron Thompson
KOAM – May 25, 2015

On May 25, 2015 at 0205 hours, Deputies with the Crawford County Sheriff Department were dispatched to the area approximately one-half mile west of 70th St on 520th Ave to a report of a vehicle that had been swept off the road by swift water over the roadway. Deputies, along with Osage Township Fire Department and Crawford County EMS, resonded to the area.

Authorities located a 1993 Jeep Wrangler submerged in water off of the roadway. A passenger, Matthew Gath of McCune, had managed to escape the water after being stranded for some time and went to a nearby residence to call for help. The driver, Terry R Gath of McCune, and two other passengers, Terry L Gath of Scranton, AR and Rebecca Gath of Altamont, were stranded with the vehicle. Crawford County EMS deployed the swift water rescue team and were able to bring the stranded individuals to saftey.

Rebecca Gath was transported by EMS to Via Christi Hospital to be evaluated for minor injuries. The accident is still under investigation by the Crawford County Sheriff Department.

One person killed in accident in Sumner County

KAKE – May 25, 2015

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One person has been killed in an accident in Sumner County. The accident scene is on U.S. Highway 160 near the Kansas Turnpike exit, east of Wellington.

The Kansas Highway Patrol said an eastbound car turned in front of a westbound SUV causing the crash. One person inside the car died. Eight other passengers in the vehicles were taken to Wichita hospitals for treatment. The names of the victims haven’t been released.

The accident was reported at 9:40 a.m.