Another Logan business catches fire

Phillips County Online – July 30, 2015

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For the second time in less than two weeks, a Logan business caught fire. Early this morning, the Pabst Ag & Auto Repair building at 605 North Douglas Street was on fire.

Logan and Phillipsburg fire departments responded to the fire between 4 am and 5 am this morning. Significant damage was suffered inside when a full barrel of used oil exploded leaving 2-3 inches of oil on the floor inside. According to the owner, a water line above the barrel melted which helped in extinguishing the fire.

The State Fire Marshal investigated the fire. The cause of the fire has been undetermined.

On July 11, the Logan Hardware store was totaled in a fire. According to the State Fire Marshal that fire started in the northeast corner of the building; however, the cause has been undetermined.

Family escapes garage fire at KCK home

By Haley Harrison
KMBC – July 30, 2015

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Five people, including two children, escaped a house fire in Kansas City, Kansas, on Thursday.

Neighbor Jami George saw fire at the home in the 4500 block of Roswell Avenue and alerted the homeowner.

“I thought, ‘Are they home? Are they not home?’ I thought, ‘I’m going to knock on the door and I’m going to see,’” she said. “I heard them talking inside, so I thought, ‘They don’t even know the house is on fire,’ so I knocked on the door and I said, ‘Your house is on fire. You’ve got to get out.’ They’re like, ‘On fire?’ They had no idea. No sooner than we knocked on the door, everything ignited.”

Investigators said the fire started in the garage, but they’re still looking into what sparked it.

Wreck at rural Saline County intersection sends 2 women to hospital

By Gary Demuth
Salina Journal – July 30, 2015

Photo by Tom Dorsey. Click on photo to view full-size image.

Photo by Tom Dorsey. Click on photo to view full-size image.

Two women were trapped in their car Thursday afternoon after broadsiding a flatbed truck at the intersection of Donmyer and Water Well roads in far east Saline County.

At about 2:45 p.m., a Buick Lucerne driven by Carolyn J. Beetch, 75, Carlton, was eastbound on Water Well when it struck the driver’s side of a flatbed truck used for transporting commercial-sized trash cans, said Master Trooper Greg Arnold of the Kansas Highway Patrol.

The car spun about 30 feet to the north and came to a stop upright in the west ditch on Donmyer. The truck, which was headed north on Donmyer, came to rest in a field northwest of the intersection.

Beetch and a passenger in the car, Laverna I. Ernst, 90, Enterprise, were trapped in the car, which also had its windows shattered and hood sheared off.

Both front and side airbags were deployed, which probably saved their lives, said Capt. Keith Lindemann, of the Salina Fire Department.

“They also were wearing their seat belts,” he said.

The women were conscious but only semiresponsive, Lindemann said. A Life Team helicopter was called to the scene but then was recalled when the women were freed from their car. Both were taken by ambulance to Salina Regional Health Center.

“The helicopter was launched to the hospital in case, after assessment, they have to be transported to Wichita,” Lindemann said.

The driver of the truck, Kenneth Paul Cimier, 58, of Solomon, was uninjured.

Both vehicles were estimated to be traveling about 55 miles an hour when they collided at the unmarked intersection, Arnold said.

“At this point, it looks like the car failed to yield the right of way to the truck,” he said.

Hays-area firefighters training for trench cave-in rescue

Hays Post – July 30, 2015

The Hays Fire Department, along with members of Ellis County Rural Fire Department, City of Ellis Fire Department and City of Victoria Fire Department will be training with the Kansas Fire and Rescue Training Institute the next four days involving aspects of trench cave-in rescue.

According to HFD Deputy Fire Chief Ryan Hagans, the course consists of one day classroom lecture and one day of hands-on-training. This is a two-day course being held on consecutive days.

The firefighters will work with the KFRTI, based at the University of Kansas, in rescue training east of the Hays Water Plant, 1000 Vine.

State Fire Marshal issues warnings and information regarding colored powders used in popular Kansas events

Press Release
Kansas Office of the State Fire Marshal

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TOPEKA — On June 27, 2015 at Formosa Fun Coast in New Taipei City, Taiwan, approximately 500 people were injured and burned when a fireball engulfed a crowd of patrons. The sudden burst of flames was caused by the igni­tion of colored powders that were sprayed over the crowd. With a number of similar events planned in Kansas, the Office of the State Fire Marshal would like to offer information and safety tips to help ensure these events are safe and fun for the participants.

The “combustible dust” used in these events is commonly colored cornstarch, which isn’t normally combustible, but they can burn or explode if the particles are the right size and in the right concentration in the presence of an ignition source. Possible ignition sources include open flames and sparks, electrical equipment, hot surfaces, and static electricity.

There are four elements needed for a flash fire/dust explosion:

•Combustible Powder
•Oxygen (Air)
•Ignition Source
•Dispersion of dust into a cloud above the minimum explosion concentration (MEC)

Most of these events generate sufficient colored powder and cloud dispersion in the presence of air to create a fire hazard, yet few fires such as the one in Taiwan occur. The missing element is often the ignition source. The key to preventing these incidents relies on:

•Eliminating ignition sources
•Reducing dust clouds to concentrations below the minimum explosive concentration (MEC)

Our office contacted The Color Vibe, the organizer of the Color Vibe 5K Run in Wichita on August 1. The compa­ny representative offered these safety measures and protocols that they implement with each of their events to en­sure participant safety:

•No electrical devices to distribute the powder
•The powder has been tested for safe public use
•A gap is required between stages and the public
•Smoking is prohibited in the festival area

Event organizers should take the necessary precautions to ensure their events are a fire-proof as possible so that Kansans will not experience a tragedy such as the one in Taiwan.

Fire at International Trade Center in Overland Park extinguished

By Andres Gutierrez and Nick Sloan
KSHB – July 30, 2015

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The Overland Park Fire Department responded to a building fire Thursday at the International Trade Center on 6800 W. 115th Street.

Fire was showing from the roof of the building, but it was under control by 9:05 a.m.

According to Jason Rhodes at the Overland Park Fire Department, no one was hurt in the fire.

It happened in the construction area of the trade center.

It’s unknown how much damage has been caused by the fire.

Offices were evacuated in the building.

For updated info – KSHB 1018

Passing time at the county fair

By Michael Stavola
Pittsburg Morning Sun – July 30, 2015

It was a quiet afternoon at the Crawford County Fair on Wednesday as most of the 4-H members either prepared for events the next day or manned a booth as part of their 4-H requirements.
Conner Droessler, 8, washed his pig to show it on Thursday. But he won’t be able to auction off his pig after finding out earlier in the day that his pig is 7 pounds shy of the 230 pound weight limit.
“It was an upsetting morning,” Conner’s mom, Marlana, said.
On the other side of the fairgrounds, Easton Renn, 10, and his brother, Braxtyn, 5, manned the ice cream booth as part of their requirements with 4-H. Braxtyn had chili covering his shirt from a chili dog and couldn’t wait to add more stains at the end of his shift when he gets a treat.
“Free ice cream,” Braxtyn said enthusiastically.
After her 4-H Entomology contest in the morning, Kendall Crager passed the time with her grandma at the fair. Crager was excited to show off her collection of bugs used in the entomology contest.
“That’s a honey bee, grandma got stung by that honey bee, on the finger,” Crager said.
As the day winded down for some, for others things were just getting started. Stephanie Clugston and a few others were setting up a dunk tank for the carnival, which starts at 6 p.m.
The dunk tank belongs to the Girard Fire Department, and the money raised will go to help Terry Wray, a Girard firefighter who lost his hand in a fireworks during the July 4 weekend.
“We are doing this for money for our friend,” Clugston said. “Working towards hopefully getting him a prosthetic hand.”