Archive for October, 2014

Firefighter injured at KCK night club fire

Wyandotte Daily News – October 31, 2014

A firefighter suffered an injured shoulder while fighting a fire at a night club at 508 Kansas Ave., Kansas City, Kan.

According to the Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department spokesman, the firefighter was taken to the hospital nonemergency to be evaluated.

The fire was reported at 9:44 a.m. Oct. 31. Arriving within three minutes, fire crews reported heavy smoke coming from the roof on the north side of the building, the spokesman said.

Firefighters searched the building and found no one inside. The fire was located in the basement area, and the fire had spread in the walls, the Fire Department spokesman said.

Within 20 minutes, the fire was knocked down. Fire crews continued to hit hot spots in the basement area, according to the Fire Department.

The fire investigator responded and investigated the fire.

The Fire Department estimated the pre-fire value of the structure and contents at $1 million, the estimated loss to the structure and contents at $50,000.

There were no smoke detectors present, the Fire Department stated.

Bomb Squad destroys suspicious substance at Hazardous Waste facility

By Kathleen Martin
Emporia Gazette – October 31, 2014

The Topeka Bomb Squad disposed of a suspicious substance today at the Lyon County Household Hazardous Waste facility, 3000 South Ave.

Sheriff Jeff Cope said a resident had dropped off old medication containers that contained picric acid. The acid had dried and started to crystallized and were potentially explosive. The incident was reported around 10:45 a.m.

The Emporia Fire Department was called, and the Lyon County Sheriff Department was then notified. The recycling center, transfer station and hazardous waste center were evacuated, and South Avenue was shut down. After the Topeka Bomb Squad came, the picric acid was destroyed.

If a suspicious substance such as picric acid is found, Cope recommends calling a first responder immediately.

“You probably want to treat it like nitroglycerin acid,” Cope said. Nitroglycerin is used in producing TNT, a highly explosive substance.

The scene was cleared just after 2 p.m. Cope said such incidents are rare in Emporia.

Wichita and Sedgwick County respond to barn fire

By John Wright
KWCH – October 31, 2014

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A barn was damaged after the roof caught fire in the 5800 block of North Seneca Friday afternoon.

A 911 Wichita-Sedgwick County dispatcher said the fire was called in about 1:30 p.m. It was confirmed a horse perished in the blaze. The cause of fire remains under investigation. There’s no word of any people being injured in the fire. Wichita and Sedgwick County firefighters responded to the scene.

House fire on B Street

Wellington Daily News – October 31, 2014

Photo by Amber Schmitz.

Photo by Amber Schmitz.

A house fire at 1323 North B Street in Wellington caused extensive damage to a house and its contents, local fire officials said.

When firefighters arrived at 10:40 Friday morning, they found heavy smoke coming from the structure.

Firefighters made entry through the front door and found extensive fire in the attic area. Firefighters had to cut holes in the roof for ventilation and pull ceilings in the majority of the house to extinguish the fire.

The occupants of the home discovered the fire and made it out of the structure without injury. Due to fire, smoke and water damage the house and contents suffered considerable damage. The occupants had no insurance and the homeowner is not available yet for insurance information.

Occupants were listed as Tonya Ortega and Justin Myers, along with a baby and a dog. No injuries were reported.

Fire officials estimated the damage at $10,000.

GBFD serving spaghetti Thursday

Great Bend Tribune – October 31, 2014

Great Bend Fire Department will hold its 10th annual spaghetti supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 723 Main. Admission is $5, and children under 5 eat free. There will also be a drawing for prizes.
Tickets for the dinner and the drawing are available at either fire station and at the door. This year’s prizes, donated by area businesses, include a Las Vegas package, Green Mountain grill, four guns, an iPad, $250 furniture store gift certificate and a garage door opener.

Man severely shocked

By Erin Mathews
Salina Journal – October 26, 2014
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – October 31, 2014

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An Assaria man was in critical condition Saturday evening in the burn unit at Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis after he was severely electrically shocked while attempting to assist the driver of a piece of farm equipment that had come into contact with high voltage electric lines, authorities said.

Zachary Short, 24, was flown to the Wichita hospital after he touched the electrically charged tractor and grain cart shortly before 1 p.m. near the intersection of Ohio Street and Farrelly Road, Saline County Sheriff’s deputy Chad Flesher said.

Flesher said John Tinkler, 55, Short and two other men had finished cutting Tinkler’s soybean field on the east side of Ohio that morning, and after their lunch break they parked a semitrailer on the side of the road to load the beans into.

Tinkler went to get the tractor pulling the grain cart but didn’t notice or didn’t think about the uploading auger boom being extended on the grain cart, Flesher said.

Flesher said the semi had been parked under power lines that ran along the side of Ohio, and when Tinkler pulled up next to the semi, the auger boom that would have transferred the soybeans into the semi came in contact with the power lines.

Tinkler was unaware that the lines had been contacted, but the electric current apparently caused sparks, and he smelled something burning and looked back to see one of the tractor’s tires on fire, Flesher said. He radioed for someone to bring a fire extinguisher from the service truck and got out of the tractor cab.

Felt a jolt

Flesher said Tinkler felt a jolt as he brushed against the grain cart but didn’t realize the extent of the problem.

Short got a fire extinguisher from the service truck and was vaulting over the hitch between the tractor and grain cart when he was thrown backwards and collapsed against the frame of the grain cart, Flesher said.

He said one of the other men helping with the harvest found a plastic shovel in the truck and was able to move Short away from the electric current with the shovel.

The power lines had become tangled around the auger and were pulled onto the tractor, which became fully engulfed in flames, said Saline County Rural Fire District No. 2 Chief Jim Preston. He said the power lines were in their normal position prior to the incident–the unloading auger just didn’t clear them.

Flesher said the power lines “melted and draped on top of the tractor.”

“They were arcing and sparking, and you don’t want to throw water on live electricity,” Flesher said.

The fire burned hot because of the fuel and oil and totally destroyed the tractor, as well as heavily damaging the grain cart, Preston said. Firefighters had to allow the tractor to burn until the fire burned the wires off and Westar Energy workers got the power cut.

“It was not safe to do anything until they got the power shut off,” Preston said.

Mike Bowers, a spokesman for Westar, said eight area customers were without power as a result of the incident Saturday afternoon until the electricity could be re-routed.

Rossville Fire Department visits Rossville Grade School

Topeka Metro News – October 27, 2014
Submitted to Newz Group Clipping Service – October 31, 2014

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Rossville Fire Department held their annual coloring contest for students at Rossville Grade during Fire Safety Week, which was October 6th through the 10th.

The winners of the contest are pictured above from left to right: Maggie Sanders, 1st; Brooklyn Gama, Kdg.; Brooke Linsey, 5th; Wade Twombly, 4th; Kinsey Perine, 3rd; Ella Manning, 2nd; and Peyton Price, 6th. The students arrived at RGS with Captain Travis Thompson and Chief Alan McKenzie in the fire trucks with lights on. Travis also spent time with students in the morning discussing the importance of smoke detectors, when to dial 9-1-1, how to get out of a fire, where to go, and what to do if your clothes catch on fire. Students enjoyed the demonstration of the Boomer Fire truck.

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