Archive for Thursday, March 15, 2001

House fire investigation wrapped up

March 15, 2001

The Eudora Police Department and the Kansas State Fire Marshall's office have concluded their investigation of a house fire that hit three times in two months in a west Eudora house.

Police Sgt. Greg Dahlem said no information on suspects could be released.

"At the request of the district attorney's office, the police department must withhold any information of suspects at this time," he said.

After the third fire on March 6, 2000, State Fire Marshall Dick Blevins was brought in to help determine the cause. Dahlem and Blevins assembled five binders of information, which were turned over to district attorney Mark Knight for review. Dahlem said the district attorney would make the decision whether charges would be filed.

When asked if any suspects were named in the final report, police chief Bill Long was mum.

"No comment," Long said.

Phone calls made to Knight's office were not returned.

Firefighters were called to the house at 1533 Sycamore Street, belonging to Russell and Jill Lavin, three times in two months. The frequency of the blazes between February and March 2000 set off the investigation to determine the cause of the fire.

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