Jason Gage, City Manager
Fire - 1001 North 11th Street
Shortly before 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 4, 2014, fire crews were dispatched to 1001 North 11th Street for a report of a house on fire. Upon arrival, fire crews found extensive fire showing from the single-family residence. All residents were able to evacuate the home prior to fire crew arrival, which was confirmed by the first-in company. The fire proved difficult to contain due to a natural gas leak from a damaged gas meter caused by the fire. Fire crews were able to shut the gas supply off and contain the fire. It was reported by the homeowner that the fire originated from the backyard BBQ grill and extended to the rear of the home.
Westar electric responded to the scene and secured a downed energized power line, which was damaged by the fire.
The home had a connected breezeway to the garage from the house. Fire investigations revealed that fire had spread from the BBQ grill to the rear of the home under an overhang and extended to numerous areas of the home, breezeway and garage. The fire caused the outside gas meter to melt allowing natural gas to feed and enhance the fire. Due to the extensive damage to the gas meter, representatives from Kansas Gas responded to the scene and had to block the gas line in the alleyway. A neighboring home had minor heat and fire damage from the radiant heat of the fire.
A third alarm was called due to the extensive amount of fire damage and number of resources used during this incident. The third alarm brought back off-duty shift members to provide coverage for the city until the fire was extinguished and crews were released. Representatives from the American Red Cross responded to the scene to provide assistance and refreshments to the residents and fire personnel due to the very warm climate and humidity.
The cause of this fire is being listed as accidental and the exact dollar loss has yet to be determined.