Structure fire total loss in Eureka

Madison News – March 20, 2014
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – April 8, 2014

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On March 11th at 12:50 a.m., the Eureka Fire Department responded to 312 N. Walnut on a report of an apartment building on fire. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy smoke conditions and fire coming from the second floor windows and roof area of the three story rock building. According to Greenwood County Fire Chief Doug Williams, the initial report was that one occupant was still in the structure.

Crews mounted an aggressive interior fire attack and search and rescue. After the search for any victims was completed crews focused on the fire in the lowered ceiling and attic areas. The fire was so far advanced that the crews had to back out and fight the fire from the exterior. The fire was knocked down by morning, but crews remained on scene throughout most of the day assisting with investigation and putting out small smoldering spots.

Mutual aid assistance was received from the Greenwood County Fire Department and the investigation was completed by the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s office. Most of the personal property on the second floor was damaged by fire, while the contents on the first floor suffered water damage.

The building was considered a total loss and the preliminary report from investigators on cause of fire was from a second floor light fixture.

The building is owned by Alan Johnson of Eureka.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

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