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Sunday, November 07, 2010

Firefighter Injured at Baldwin City KS House Fire

This fire was reported just before the clocks went back an hour: at 1:48 a.m. CDT the alarm sounded for Baldwin City (BC) as well as the Wakarusa and Clarion Springs fire departments and an EMS crew for a house fire in the 200 block of Dearborn Street in BC..

Only two minutes after the alarm went out- the house was reported to be "fully-engulfed" in flames by a police officer who had just arrived.

The occupants had made it outside uninjured- waken by their cats.

Fire crews began arriving in minutes and the firefight was on with temperatures around 50- low humidities and brisk southerly breezes.

By 1:38 a.m. CST- the EMS crew at the fire reports an injured firefighter- and requests another EMS unit to take their place.

According to EMS reports- the "28-year-old male- passed out while fighting the fire."

The firefighter was in good condition while on the way to Lawrence Memorial Hospital for a check-out.

A fire crew from Franklin county KS was also summonded to the scene at 1:45 a.m. CST.

The structure appears to be a total loss as of 4 a.m.- but no further injuries were reported.

The occupants were missing the 3 housecats that alerted them to the fire.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.


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