Fire engulfs Baldwin City home
Crews from at least four area fire departments responded to a house fire in Baldwin City late Tuesday night.
The home, located at 1854 N. 250 Rd., was completely engulfed in flames, as thick plumes of smoke poured into the sky and parts of the home began falling to the ground.
Firefighters from the Baldwin City, Palmyra and Eudora Township fire departments were dispatched to the scene at 11:22 p.m. A tanker from a Johnson County fire district was seen about 2 a.m. The blaze was declared under control at 2:20 Wednesday morning.
Randy DeMersseman, chief of the Palmyra Township Fire Department, said that a cause of the fire had not yet been determined.
"We don't have a damage estimate yet," he said, "but it's a total loss."
Two residents, Virgil and Ellen Allen, were at home when the fire erupted. DeMersseman said they both escaped the home unharmed. Baldwin City Police Chief Mike McKenna sent an officer to the scene Wednesday and said Virgil Allen asked for donations of 2X sweat pants, shirts and sweatshirts, along with socks. Those can be dropped off at the police station and will be delivered to the fire victims, he said. There has also been a relief fund established at Baldwin State Bank for the Allens. Checks should be made payable to the Allen Relief Fund.
The house was located down a hill, making it difficult for heavy equipment to move back and forth. Battling the fire in frigid weather, fire trucks had to be towed up the hill by a tractor.
— Reporter Brian Lewis-Jones and Baldwin City Signal Editor Jeff Myrick contributed information to this story.