Fire causes $70,000 in damage

By John Richmeier
Leavenworth Times – March 25, 2014

A house fire resulted in an estimated $70,000 in damage Monday night in north Leavenworth, Fire Department officials said.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is still undetermined.

The fire was reported at 11:22 p.m. at 1421 Osage St.

“When the guys first arrived on scene, they had fire coming out of the house already,” said Capt. Mark DeMaranville, of the Leavenworth Fire Department.

Leavenworth Assistant Fire Chief Mark Nietzke said there were three people inside the single-story home when the fire was discovered, but they made it safely out of the house.

Nietzke said the fire apparently started in a bedroom. He said it spread to another room as well as the attic area.

“We did have to cut a hole in the roof,” he said.

He said this was done so firefighters could access the fire as well as to ventilate heat and smoke.

In addition to firefighters who already were on duty, three off-duty members of the Leavenworth Fire Department were called to the scene.

Members of Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1 were asked to stand by for the Leavenworth Fire Department at the fire station in Lansing, said Rick Huhn, chief of Fire District No. 1.

Leavenworth firefighters were at the scene for about 2.5 hours, but they had the blaze under control within about 30 minutes, Nietzke said.

He said the fire caused “quite a bit of smoke damage throughout the structure.”

Nietzke said an insurance company provided temporary lodging for the residents who were displaced by the fire.

Monday night’s blaze follows a March 5 fire that destroyed a Leavenworth house at 1302 Franklin St. Nietzke said investigators have never been able to determine the cause of that earlier because of the extensive damage it caused.

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