Butler County Times Gazette
  • Fire department responds to home blaze

  • One person was taken to the hospital as a result of a house fire Tuesday morning in north Leavenworth, Fire Department officials said.
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  • One person was taken to the hospital as a result of a house fire Tuesday morning in north Leavenworth, Fire Department officials said.
    The fire was reported at 1:28 a.m. at 625 Ottawa St.
    Leavenworth Assistant Fire Chief Mark Nietzke said the fire started in the area of the kitchen, but the exact cause has not been determined.
    There apparently were two people inside the residence when the fire was discovered, and one was transported to the hospital. No other injuries were reported, Leavenworth Fire Department officials said.
    Leavenworth Assistant Fire Chief Mike Lingenfelser said he didn't have many details about the injured person because both of the home's occupants already had left the scene when firefighters arrived.
    Lingenfelser said the back side of the two-story home was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.
    He said it took quite awhile for firefighters to extinguish the flames. He said the fire initially was too intense to allow firefighters to enter the home to battle the blaze.
    A crew of four firefighters from the Fort Leavenworth Fire Department came to the scene to provide assistance.
    Three members of Leavenworth County Fire Station No. 1 stood by at one of the Leavenworth fire stations.
    Off-duty members of the Leavenworth Fire Department were called to operate a reserve truck. They provided assistance at the scene.
    Lingenfelser said the Street Division of the Leavenworth Public Works Department also was contacted to put down salt at the scene. He said water from the fire hoses started freezing.
    "The streets were getting slick," he said.
    He said companies also were called to shut off utilities to the house.
    The local Red Cross was contacted to offer temporary lodging assistance to the home's occupants.
    Leavenworth Fire Department spokesman Mark DeMaranville said the fire caused an estimated $62,000 worth of damage to the home.
    The neighboring house at 623 Ottawa St. had minor damage to its exterior as a result of radiant heat from the fire.

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