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On-the-ground investigation into cause of Lawrence hotel fire delayed

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:31:59 -0600

Fire investigators have not yet been able to safely enter the scene to begin their on-the-ground investigation of the blaze that destroyed the Americas Best Value Inn.

Investigation underway into cause of massive hotel fire in Lawrence

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:19:16 -0600

The day after a massive fire gutted a Lawrence hotel, investigators were in the process of determining what started it.

Lawrence motel partially collapses during firefighters' hourslong battle with flames, smoke

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:05:06 -0600

Fire destroyed a Lawrence motel Monday, with bitter cold weather creating harsh conditions for firefighters battling the blaze all afternoon and plans to continue through the night.

Kitchen fire leads to damage in 2 Poehler Lofts apartments

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 19:29:16 -0600

Most residents of Poehler Lofts, 619 E. Eighth St., were able to return to their apartments after a kitchen fire Sunday afternoon.

Residents, several pets escape fast-moving house fire overnight in central Lawrence

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 03:18:54 -0600

Thanks to working smoke alarms, residents escaped an “extremely fast-moving” fire that heavily damaged their house early Wednesday morning, Lawrence Douglas-County Fire Medical Chief Mark Bradford said.

Discarded fireplace ashes caused destructive Thanksgiving Day house fire in south Lawrence, fire chief says

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 11:27:53 -0600

Improperly discarded fireplace ashes sparked the blaze that effectively totaled a south Lawrence house on Thanksgiving Day, Fire Chief Mark Bradford said Friday.

Man charged with arson after southwest Lawrence house fire

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:20:46 -0500

A man has been charged with arson in connection with a house fire in southwest Lawrence on Friday.

Fire officials: Smoking materials caused Thursday house fire on Cimarron Drive

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 10:13:05 -0500

Improperly discarded smoking material caused a two-alarm house fire Thursday evening in Lawrence, authorities say.

Charity mobilizes to help firefighter’s widow undergoing cancer treatments

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Irma Blair had only lived in Lawrence four years when her new husband, Lawrence firefighter Mark Blair, died at age 34 fighting a house fire in 1986. Irma became widowed, with one infant son and pregnant with their second. More than 30 years later, Lawrence firefighters have not forgotten Irma Blair.

Investigators: Improperly discarded smoking materials caused fire at Crosswinds Apartments

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 16:53:21 -0500

Improperly discarded smoking materials caused the fire Tuesday afternoon in a Crosswinds Apartments four-plex, investigators with Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical have determined.

Fire does heavy damage to eastern Lawrence four-plex

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 17:40:38 -0500

Six families were forced from their residences but were uninjured from a two-alarm fire Tuesday afternoon that caused heavy damage to a four-plex in the Crosswinds Apartments complex in east Lawrence.

Investigators: House fire that killed 95-year-old Lawrence resident was accidental

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:11:07 -0500

A house fire that killed a woman Tuesday on Wellington Drive began accidentally in the kitchen, fire officials said Wednesday.

Woman dies after early-morning house fire in Lawrence; neighbors attempt rescue

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:46:54 -0500

A woman died Tuesday in an early-morning house fire in central Lawrence.

Firefighters extinguish house fire north of Lawrence Country Club; family displaced but uninjured

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:45:08 -0500

Lawrence fire crews were fighting flames Thursday afternoon at a house north of Lawrence Country Club. Firefighters arrived to heavy smoke and flames in a house at 133 Providence Road around 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

Sheriff's office won't release any details about body found in burning car at campground

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 15:53:21 -0600

Authorities have yet to release any details about their investigation into a body found in a burning car Tuesday at a Douglas County campground.

Barker Avenue house fire brought under control

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 04:08:34 -0600

Firefighters were called to the intersection of East 15th Street and Barker Avenue shortly after 3:30 Sunday morning.

Poehler Lofts evacuated due to a pan smoking on a stove; East Lawrence intersection reopens

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 11:37:41 -0600

Residents and their pets evacuated their Poehler Lofts apartments Monday morning as fire alarms rang out.

Woman rescued from Lawrence house fire, flown to hospital

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 15:08:26 -0500

A Lawrence woman was flown to an area hospital after being seriously injured in a house fire Tuesday afternoon.

Boy's hand injured in Lawrence house fire

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 18:32:53 -0500

A boy was treated for nonlife-threatening injuries after a fire broke out in his home Tuesday afternoon, said a Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical official.

Fire destroys old log cabin near Kansas River

Tue, 24 May 2016 17:46:08 -0500

Firefighters are investigating the cause of a fire early Thursday morning that destroyed a small, historic cabin near the Kansas River.