Archive for Friday, June 6, 2008

Misdirected 911 call … again

June 6, 2008

For the second time in two years, a 911 fire call was dispatched to a Lawrence address when it should have been in Baldwin City. However, this time the house didn't burn down.

Michael Turner called 911 Thursday when a fire broke out at his home. Lawrence firefighters were sent to 418 Elm. There was no fire and dispatch then paged Baldwin City firemen at 9:57 p.m.

By the time they arrived four minutes later the fire was pretty much under control, said Capt. Matt Quick. The fire had burned a plastic PVC water pipe that effectively put the blaze out.

"It was unreal," Quick said of that and how the misdirected fire call had occurred again.

In February of 2006, the same thing happened. However, Bill and Jane Stotts' home on Jersey Street was destroyed, partly because the original dispatch went to Lawrence.

"The same thing happened last night," said Quick. "First truck arrived and said it would be a Baldwin call."

Marjorie Hedden of Douglas County Emergency Dispatch said it was a repeat of two years ago and she was looking into what happened.

"Yes, we did have another misdirected call," said Hedden. "It was a cell phone call. I haven't researched it yet, so I can't tell you much more."

Quick said the fire caused about $5,000 in damage, which was mostly water damage. He said the State Fire Marshal would be in town to determine the official cause of the blaze.

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