Archive for February, 2016

KU’s Fraser Hall evacuated for fire likely caused by tossed cigarette

By Conrad Swanson
Lawrence Journal World – February 29, 2016

Photo by David Johnston

Photo by David Johnston

One Kansas University building was evacuated briefly Monday afternoon for an outside fire.

At 3:04 p.m. a fire was reported along the building’s walls, said Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Division Chief Lyle Schwartz.

“It was just two or three evergreen bushes that burned on the outside of the building, it didn’t extend to the building or anything,” he said. “It looked like a discarded cigarette caused it.”

The building was evacuated as the fire was reported, but firefighters quickly extinguished the flames and everyone was allowed back inside again.

No injuries were reported during the fire and the building was not damaged, Schwartz said.

A burn ban has been in effect for Douglas County with the National Weather Service’s rangeland danger rating at “extreme.”


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Water Tender for sale

1997 International DT466
Diesel, automatic transmission, less than 10,000 miles
Carefully and consistently maintained, new tires in 2007, new batteries in 2015
Excellent condition throughout
1500 gallon fiberglass water tank with 8” dump valve and 125 gpm pump
Included: 200’ booster line on electric hose reel, 2000 gallon folding dump tank
Ready for immediate delivery.
Questions? Contact:
Whitewater River Fire District
Darryl Claassen, Chief
316 799-2121

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Kansas Chapter of FCSN looking for new director

Kansas has a chapter of the FCSN Firefighter Cancer Support Network.

The Kansas Chapter is looking for a new director. Someone who has the time, the passion and the organizational skills.

It could be an active or retired firefighter or a firefighter spouse or family member.

Please contact me if you think you are interested.

Thank You

Tim Millspaugh
Kansas Sales Rep Feld Fire


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Wind-Fueled Fire

KSAL – February 29, 2016

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Weekend target practice led to a large grass fire south of Salina.

The Saline County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 160 acres of grass and fence posts were burned after target practice ignited and burned a swath of grass from the 3000 block of S. Simpson Road, north to near Magnolia on Saturday around 4 pm.

Deputies say Tannerite targets, which explode when struck by a rifle round, were being used at a property owned by Michael Forristal.

Fire crews from District 1, 2 and 7 assisted Fire District #5 in controlling the fire that was not completely extinguished until after 11 pm.

From Salina Journal:

About 160 acres of grass and trees burned in a fire southeast of Salina Saturday that started in the 3000 block of South Simpson Road where two men were doing target practice with Tannerite exploding targets, a sheriff’s office spokesman said.

Capt. Roger Soldan said the individuals who inadvertently started the fire did nothing illegal, and that the wind and dry conditions quickly spread the flames.

Soldan said Rural Fire District No. 5 called in backup from RFD Nos. 7, 1 and 2 to fight the blaze that began at about 4 p.m. Firefighters were on the scene until 11:26 p.m., he said.

Soldan said three firetrucks were somewhat damaged while fighting the fire.

Soldan said the only other property damaged was grass and fence posts, although a few houses in the area were threatened by the fire. He said firefighters used water to protect the houses.


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Kansas teen, Mo. man die in 2-vehicle accident

Hays Post – February 29, 2016

Two people died in an accident just before 6 p.m. on Sunday in Crawford County.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Derek Curtis Brumbaugh, 17, Pittsburg, was southbound on U.S. 69 six miles north of Arma.

The vehicle crossed the center line and struck a northbound 2002 Chevy Silverado driven by David Glen Kessler, 56, Kearney, Missouri.

Brumbaugh and Kessler were pronounced dead at the scene and transported to Frontier Forensics.

A passenger in the Pontiac Aspen Rose Lloyd, 16, was transported to Via Christi.

Kessler was not wearing a seat belt, according to the KHP.


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Truck slams into Kansas City, Kan., home

By Nick Sloan
KSHB – February 29, 2016

Photo by Shannin Combs

Photo by Shannin Combs

A truck crashed into a home Sunday evening in Kansas City, Kan.

The wreck happened just after 6 p.m. on the 4500 block of Shawnee Drive in the Turner neighborhood of KCK.

Minor injuries were reported. Kansas City, Kan., fire crews were at the scene.

No foul-play or arrests were made.


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Man critically hurt in semi vs. motorcycle crash

KWCH – February 29, 2016

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A 60-year-old man was taken to a Wichita hospital with critical injuries Sunday night after his motorcycle was hit by a semi truck.

The crash, was reported a little before 9 p.m.

The Kansas Highway Patrol was on scene investigating. Wichita police also responded to the scene.

The driver of the semi was not hurt.


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