Archive for December, 2013

Making sure the blaze is out

Kansas City Star – December 21, 2013
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – December 31, 2013

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Firefighters searched high and low for hotspots Friday after a fire in a second-floor apartment at London House Apartments, at 12901 Lord Nelson Drive in Lenexa. Authorities say no one was hurt.

Partiers alerted to fire by smoke alarm

By Adam Pulley
KSN – December 31, 2013


A fire broke out early Tuesday morning, destroying one home’s garage and the two cars inside.

It started around 1 a.m. in the 10,900 block of E. Fawn Grove, near Greenwich and Kellogg.

Fire officials say about 15 people were having a party in the basement when they were alerted by a fire alarm going off. They opened the garage door and found heavy flames and smoke.

The fire did get inside the house after the door was opened, but everyone inside made it outside safely.

The two cars inside the garage were full of gas, making it difficult for firefighters to put the fire out.

An estimated $115,000 was done to the house, another $70,000 to the cars inside.

Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire.

Bomb threat causes evacuation at the Johnson Co. courthouse

KSHB – December 31, 2013

Authorities have given the “all clear” at the Johnson Co. courthouse after being evacuated due to a bomb threat.

The Johnson County Sheriff Watch Commander says someone called in the threat around 2 p.m. Monday.

Olathe Police, Olathe Fire Department, and deputies from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department searched the building, located at 125 N. Cherry St., in Olathe, Kan., and found nothing.

Employees were moved to an undisclosed location as a safety precaution.

The courthouse has been closed for the rest of the day.

Late Night Manhattan Fire Causes Major Damage

By Greg Palmer
WIBW – December 30, 2013

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Fire officials are investigating a blaze that caused tens of thousands of dollars damage to a Manhattan home Sunday night.

Deputy Chief Ryan Almes said the blaze did more than $20,000 in damages to contents and $60,000 in damage to a home-turned apartment building in the 800 block of Colorado last night.

Crews were called to the blaze just before 10:00 p.m. and had the fire contained in about 20 minutes.

Officials say that the home had three apartments, and that five tenants living in the building were all displaced due to the fire. No injuries were reported.

Sunnyslope Fire

By Dustin Michelson
Emporia Gazette – December 30, 2013

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Emporia firefighters respond to a house fire Monday afternoon at  1225 Sunnyslope St. Crews located the fire behind an upstairs refrigerator in the back of the house, said Fire Chief Jack Taylor at the scene. They extinguished the fire. He believes three people were in the house, and they all got out safely. No injuries were reported. The preliminary investigation shows that the cause of the fire was electrical in nature.

Fire damages Hutchinson bar

KAKE – December 30, 2013


A late-night fire damaged a bar on the west side of Hutchinson.

Firefighters were called to Jack of Clubs at 421 N. Whiteside around 10:30 p.m. Thursday.

No one was injured, and the extent of damage isn’t known. The bar has a reputation for a wall filled with historic pictures of professional wrestlers.

Investigators believe the fire started on the east side of the building, then spread to the south side. They say it may have started in the furnace because of the area where the fire originated.

Damage is reported to be substantial, but a dollar amount is not yet available.

The bar had been closed since Saturday.

Man killed in Harvey County crash identified

KAKE – December 30, 2013


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A 27-year-old Kansas man is dead after his SUV was hit by a semi on a stretch of highway in Harvey County early Saturday morning.

The crash happened around 2:15 a.m. on northbound I-135, about three miles south of Newton.

Trooper Ryan Tauer said dispatchers got a call about a Chevy Tahoe stopped in the right lane of traffic. By the time deputies got on scene, the semi had hit the rear of the SUV, causing both vehicles to go into the ditch.

Jeffery R Ely was ejected from his SUV before it “burst into flames,” Tauer said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

It is not yet known why Ely’s SUV was stopped in traffic.

Troopers at the scene said Ely lived in the Wichita area, but the official report from the highway patrol lists Lawrence as his city of residence, which is how it appeared on his driver’s license.

The 38-year-old driver of the semi was shaken up but not seriously hurt.

“The entire front end of the semi was destroyed,” Tauer said. “Debris from the Tahoe was thrown up into the windshield of the semi.”

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