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Eudora MIddle School(Photo courtesy Eudora Middle School)

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Firefighters from Eudora City Fire, Eudora Township and Wakarusa Township Fire Departments were called to Eudora Middle School shortly after Noon Wednesday when a fire alarm sounded at the school building.  The school building was evacuated with the alarm.

According to Eudora City Fire Chief Ken Keiter, crews quickly discovered that a battery pack in an emergency lighting system had overheated and sparked a fire. He said that crews were quickly able to extinguish the blaze after cutting the electricity to the affected system.

Keiter stated that crews spent approximately 30 minutes clearing the smoke and making sure there was no further danger to students or staff.  After the Fire Department gave the all clear, students and staff were allowed back into the building to resume classes.

Keiter reported that there were no injuries associated with the fire.

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2014_05_08_Semi_fireA semi-truck caught fire late Wednesday night near the HP Pelzer facility in the East Hills Business Park. (photo courtesy the Eudora Public Works and Police Departments)  

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Eudora Emergency crews were called to the scene of a semi-tractor fire late Wednesday night in Eudora.  According to Eudora Fire Chief Ken Keiter, the fire erupted just before midnight in a truck that was leaving the HP Pelzer facility with scrap materials from the the manufacture of floor mats. The HP Pelzer facility in Eudora produces molded urethane foam backed automotive floor carpets.

Keiter said that when crews arrived on the scene, they initially thought the building itself was on fire, but quickly determined that the fire was confined to a semi just off the property.

“After they saw it was a semi fire, it was determined that the City and Township Fire Departments would be able to handle the situation,” Keiter said. “We had a master stream to knock down the larger parts of the fire and then used hand lines to try and get it under control until Public Works could get here with the high loader to help us out.”

To put out the fire, crews from the City had to tear off the side wall of the trailer and empty the contents onto the street so that it could be completely extinguished. Keiter said that the scrap materials, which contained mainly carpeting and rubber, were bailed together and compacted causing extra difficulty in putting out the fire.

“For a deep seeded fire like this, we had to use foam to make sure it was all the way out,” Keiter stated.  Crews had the fire under control around 1:00 AM.

Keiter added that once the blaze was extinguished, Public Works crews moved the materials off of the roadway and made sure the street would be open to traffic. He said state fire investigators would be on scene today to try and determine a cause of the fire.  Keiter did not indicate there were any injuries to the truck driver or any crews involved.

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Firefighters were called to the scene of a small kitchen fire on Monday morning.  According to the Eudora Fire Department, they received a call around 5:00 AM Monday of a house fire in the 900 block of Pine Street. Crews from Eudora, Eudora Township, Wakarusa Township and Lawrence arrived on scene to discover the family of the residence waiting outside.

“The family was awakened by the smoke detectors going off right away,” Eudora Fire Department Chief Ken Keiter said. “It really goes to show that working smoke detectors can save lives.”

Keiter said they determined the cause of the fire was due to a frying pan on the stove. The family had left the pan, which  Keiter said contained a fair amount of grease on the stove from dinner the night before.  Damage from the fire was limited to the kitchen area and was estimated to be approximately $1000.

“By the time we arrived on scene the fire was pretty much out already,” Keiter stated. “We extinguished the fire quickly and then worked at ventilating the house to get rid of the smoke that had built up.”

Keiter urged that residents should regularly check their smoke detectors and change their batteries in a timely manner to keep them in proper working order. He also added that the Eudora Fire Department is working on a grant so that the Fire Department can once again help low income and elderly citizens with obtaining  and installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in their place of residence. Keiter said he hoped to have details soon about this program.

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13th Elm FireFire gutted a major portion of a house in the 1300 block of Elm street late Monday night (photo courtesy eudorareporter.com spotter Sydney)

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 Fire crews from around the area responded to a house fire in the 1300 block of Elm Street late Monday night.  Crews from Eudora, Eudora Township and Wakarusa Township were called to the scene around 11:00 PM.

According to one of the firefighters who was on scene during the blaze, when crews arrived they found the garage fully involved and the fire quickly spread to the attic area. The firefighter stated that there was no early determination for the cause of the fire and that investigators would be looking into the cause during the day on Tuesday.

Crews also fought bitterly cold temperatures as the low overnight hovered between 0 and -5 degrees.  The fire was reported to be completely extinguished around 1:30 AM.

Damage estimates were currently unavailable, though the firefighter stated that at least the rooms nearest to the garage are likely a  total loss.  The house is owned by Ray and Dorothy Wingebach.

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Pelzer fireCrews work a loading dock fire at HP Pelzer Sunday morning (photo by Eudorareporter.com Managing Editor John Schulz)

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Fire crews were called to the scene of a structure fire at the HP Pelzer production facility located at 1201 Cardinal Drive on the east side of Eudora early Sunday morning.

The fire broke out around 8:30 AM and was first spotted by Eudora Police Officer Daniel Flick who was on routine patrol when he saw smoke coming from the building.

“I was driving east on K-10 and saw the smoke rising over the building and exited quickly to go investigate,” Flick said. “When I got here I could see flames coming from the loading dock.”   Flick said he alerted staff in the building of the fire and the two people on duty were quickly evacuated.

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Firefighters extinguish a blaze at the loading docks of HP Pelzer Sunday morning

Fire crews from Eudora, Eudora Townshp, Wakarusa Township and Lawrence rushed to the scene and discovered that the fire at the exterior of the building. Further investigation inside of the building found that the fire had not reached the interior.  Crews extinguished the flames on the exterior and had the fire put out a few minutes after 9:00 AM.

The building, which according to the HP Pelzer website, is a manufacturing plant  producing molded urethane foam backed automotive floor carpets.

Eudora Fire Chief Ken Keiter and Eudora Township Fire Chief Mike Baxter said they could not determine a cause immediately following the fire.

“There is no obvious ignition point on the exterior of the building,” Keiter said. “It is possible that something with the truck that was parked there could have started the blaze.”

Keiter said that HP Pelzer staff informed him that a truck left the facility approximately two to three hours before the fire was reported. He said HP Pelzer staff were trying to track the truck down to make sure there was not some type of mechanical problem with the semi.

There is no word on damage estimates that they fire caused and if this will impact plant operations.  Fire investigators were being called in shortly after the fire was extinguished.

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