Archive for Thursday, February 15, 2001

Police: Fire investigation to wrap up within weeks

February 15, 2001

Investigation into a Eudora house fire on March 12, 2000 may be solved before its one-year anniversary.. Local authorities claim the investigation will be wrapped up within two weeks.

Eudora Police Sergeant Greg Dahlem said the investigation is "pretty much done." Dahlem has been working with the Kansas State Fire Marshal's office, Topeka, and fire marshal Dick Blevins on the investigation. Dahlem said the investigation has been prolonged because of recurring health problems with Blevins. It was the third fire inside the west Eudora house within two months.

"We're close. The investigation is pretty much closed expect for final touches on a few reports," Dahlem said. "The finishing touches are being put up on the reports as we speak. Everything will be put together and it will be determined to believe if arson was suspected."

Though working with the state fire marshal's office has had its delays, Dahlem said he learned valuable information to help in future investigations. In doing so, he hopes to depend less on the state office in the future.

"As far as working with them, it's had its advantages simply because there are so many more resources there," he said. "They do this for a living. There is so much I've picked up in working with him that I didn't know before."

The house was constructed as part of the Winchester Estates development and was sold to Russell and Jill Lavin. The family could not be reached for comment.

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