Archive for March, 2014

Apartment fire gives residents rude awakening

By Doug Carder
Ottawa Herald – March 31, 2014

Sandy Burson said she heard the screams before she saw the fire.

Discarded smoking material led to a non-injury blaze that damaged three apartments early Monday morning before dawn at Canterbury Courts in Ottawa.

“I live in a building over and went out when I heard the screams, made sure everyone is out,” Burson said.

Ottawa firefighters responded at 3:18 a.m. Monday to a report of a fire on the balcony of Apartment D, a second-floor unit of 24 Canterbury Courts, an eight-unit apartment building, according to a fire report.

“The fire was driven by high winds from the South, and a total of three units sustained different levels of fire damage,” Jeff Carner, Ottawa fire chief, said in a report. “There were several residents home at the time of the incident that all escaped without injury.

“Although three units were damaged, the fire was contained to the immediate area of origin,” he said.

The fire caused an estimated $80,000 damage to the building and about $40,000 damage to the contents, Richard Oglesby, assistant fire chief, said Monday afternoon of initial estimates. The extent of the repairs was still being assessed Monday.

The fire damaged the balcony and flooring of Apartment D, as well as the ceiling of the apartment on the ground floor directly below Apartment D, Oglesby said. The fire also caused damage to an adjacent apartment on the ground floor, he said.

Residents in the adjacent, four-unit Building 22 were evacuated as a precaution and were allowed to return to their apartments, according to a fire department report. The department’s last engine cleared the scene shortly after 6 a.m. Monday.

The three damaged apartments should be inhabitable once repairs are made, Oglesby estimated. One of the apartments was empty, Oglesby said, but residents living in the other two apartments would be displaced until the units were repaired.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

Sandy Burson said she heard the screams before she saw the fire.

Discarded smoking material led to a non-injury blaze that damaged three apartments early Monday morning before dawn at Canterbury Courts in Ottawa.

 

“I live in a building over and went out when I heard the screams, made sure everyone is out,” Burson said.

Ottawa firefighters responded at 3:18 a.m. Monday to a report of a fire on the balcony of Apartment D, a second-floor unit of 24 Canterbury Courts, an eight-unit apartment building, according to a fire report.

“The fire was driven by high winds from the South, and a total of three units sustained different levels of fire damage,” Jeff Carner, Ottawa fire chief, said in a report. “There were several residents home at the time of the incident that all escaped without injury.

“Although three units were damaged, the fire was contained to the immediate area of origin,” he said.

The fire caused an estimated $80,000 damage to the building and about $40,000 damage to the contents, Richard Oglesby, assistant fire chief, said Monday afternoon of initial estimates. The extent of the repairs was still being assessed Monday.

The fire damaged the balcony and flooring of Apartment D, as well as the ceiling of the apartment on the ground floor directly below Apartment D, Oglesby said. The fire also caused damage to an adjacent apartment on the ground floor, he said.

Residents in the adjacent, four-unit Building 22 were evacuated as a precaution and were allowed to return to their apartments, according to a fire department report. The department’s last engine cleared the scene shortly after 6 a.m. Monday.

The three damaged apartments should be inhabitable once repairs are made, Oglesby estimated. One of the apartments was empty, Oglesby said, but residents living in the other two apartments would be displaced until the units were repaired.

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Structure fire reported

By Jason Johnston
Emporia Gazette – March 31, 2014

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A structure fire was reported at 626 Lincoln St. around 5:30 p.m. today.

Scanner traffic reported that a garage was fully engulfed when fire crews arrived on scene. The reporter on scene reported that law enforcement blocked off the 600 block of Arundel Street as firefighters extinguished the fire on the eastern part of the structure.

Two fire trucks were on Arundel, and one fire truck was on Lincoln.

The garage was pretty much totaled, and the fire spread into through the grass and damaged a little bit of the next door garage at 620 Lincoln St., said Battalion Chief Steve Kuhlmann of the Emporia Fire Department. The fire is out. No injuries were reported.

The Emporia Fire Department is investigating the fire.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

Semi-truck and tractor crash under investigation

Hays Post – March 31, 2014

Click on each photo to view full-size image. Photos by Manhattan Fire Department.

Click on each photo to view full-size image. Photos by Manhattan Fire Department.

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Authorities in Riley County responded to a semi-truck and John Deere tractor accident on Monday.

The crash was reported just before 3 p.m. at the intersection of Zeandale Road and Pillsbury.

Traffic was reduced to one lane for a considerable amount of time. There have no report of any injuries.

The Kansas Highway Patrol continues to investigate.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

Fire Rips Again Through Same Area That Damaged 1500 Acres

By Justin Surrency, Carissa Fox and Ariana Cohen
WIBW – March 31, 2014

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Still no rest for area fire crews; dry and windy conditions have had them working nonstop battling grass fires.

One of them Monday afternoon was in the same area where a dozen area fire departments fought a massive fire Sunday.

Stephen Kuhn’s home sits in the middle of where 1,500 acres burned Sunday afternoon.

24 hours later, fire crews headed to the same area again.

Around 1 Monday afternoon, fire crews rushed to a grass fire in the 6400 block of Humphrey Road. This time, they quickly got the flames under control before they could do much damage.

But Sunday, fire blackened more than 1500 acres from just south of here to the 7800 block

“It was pretty surreal because it moved so fast,” said Kuhn.

Stefan’s home was right in its path.

“There was a lot of smoke and the fire and the heat. The fire had already gone around house and spread to 66th street. I was worried about the family, worried about the house,” said Kuhn.

Firefighters helped Stefan’s wife and kids evacuate, but he stayed put.

“I wanted to save the house and the shop obviously. I had a garden hose and a tank sprayer on the back of my 4-wheeler. Any little bit at that time seemed like the thing to do,” said Stefan.

Shawnee County Emergency Management Coordinator Dave Sterbenz says everyone needs to be cautious.

“It’s so dry right now that anything can start a fire, so people really need to be careful. You know it may have started from a spark from a a previous fire, someone may have left a cigarette, you just never know until the report comes out,” said Sterbenz.

Stefan says he is grateful he and his family made it out alive.

“As long as the family is alright, “says Stefan.

Stefan’s home had only minor damage — a few melted shingles.
The woman who owns the home that was destroyed told 13 News no one was living in it right now.

No one was hurt in either Sunday or Monday’s fire. The cost of all the damage is still being added up.

Despite spring like weather, fire crews seem to be working around the clock to tame the flames popping up across much of Northeast Kansas.

Authorities are saying one fire in the 6000 to 7800 block of Northwest Humphreys in Silver Lake has burned more than 1500 acres.

There have been no injuries reported. The fire happened around 12:30 Sunday afternoon and two homes have been destroyed along with four other structures or out buildings.

Crews from Mayetta, Shawnee Heights, Hoyt, Silver Lake, Rossville, Auburn, Delia, Mission, Mayetta, 190th ARW and St Mary’s, along with Shawnee County Emergency Management were also on the scene.

Sheriff Herman Jones said that Sheriff Deputies were able to respond quickly and evacuate people from homes that were being threatened by the fires.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

Two homes on fire in Derby

KWCH – March 31, 2014

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Firefighters responded to a house fire in Derby involving two homes a little before 3:00 p.m. on Monday.

Dispatch says it happened in the 1600 block of east Cresthill. Nearby residents say smoke and flames were visible.

There is one person with minor injuries. No other injuries have been reported at this time. We don’t know if there were any other occupants in either home.

Emergency crews from McConnell Air Force Base, Sedgwick County and Derby are on scene working the fire.

Eyewitness News has a crew on the way and will continue to update this story as information comes in.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

Burn ban issued for Osage County

By Wayne White
Osage County News – March 31, 2014

The Osage County commissioners approved a burn ban Monday covering the entire county, due to recent dry weather and high winds that have fanned numerous fires.

The commissioners authorized the ban following recommendations of Bryce Romine, Osage County emergency management coordinator, Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn, and local fire chiefs due to the presence of dry conditions and lack of moisture that increase fire danger in Osage County. The burn ban resolution is in effect when the rangeland fire danger is very high or extreme or a red flag warning is issued. These conditions have created multiple fire calls over the past few weeks.

“Fire districts have spent thousands and thousands of dollars for suppression costs, in addition to a great amount of property damage from uncontrolled fires,” Romine said.

During the burn ban the following activities are prohibited outdoors:

  • Careless use and disposal of smoking materials, including cigarettes, cigars and pipes; all smoldering remains shall be discarded in inflammable containers and in a manner to reduce the potential for fires.
  • Building, maintaining, attending or using any open fire or campfire, except in permanent stoves or fireplaces or in barbecue grills in developed recreational sites or on residential home sites.
  • Burning of all fencerows, fields, wild lands, ravines, trash, debris areas or materials.

The county’s resolution states, “As provided in K.S.A. 48-939, the knowing or willful violation of any restrictions adopted pursuant to this resolution shall constitute a Class A misdemeanor and shall be punished as provided by law therefore.”

Rangeland fire danger information can be found on the Osage County website at www.osageco.org under Emergency Management, Osage County Sheriff or at www.facebook.com/osagecoem.

County officials ask that anyone planning to burn check the rangeland fire danger and contact Osage County Sheriff office at 785-828-3121 before burning, and report their name and location of burn.

Romine reported Monday that county fire departments had received 195 fire calls in the last 30 days and 156 of those calls were reporting grass fires. Dunn said a number of the calls were due to controlled burns, but required a response by fire crews because the burns had not been reported to the sheriff’s office prior to being set.

The emergency resolution signed by commissioners is effective immediately and runs through April 28 or until further notice. The burn ban covers the unincorporated portions of the county; residents of incorporated cities should abide by local regulations regarding burning inside city limits.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

Multiple fires reported Monday afternoon

Emporia Gazette – March 31, 2014

Multiple fires have been reported Monday afternoon, many resulting from rekindles of Sunday fires.

Early Monday afternoon, scanner traffic indicated fire crews were at the scene of a Sunday blaze, where a section of the fire located in a brush pile had rekindled.

Other fires reported Monday afternoon included:

  •  Road 200 and Road F, possibly a rekindle
  • 1375 N. Highway 99, resulting from a rekindle
  • 280 about a quarter of a mile west of Y Road in Chase County, resulting from a rekindle

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster