Fire Damage

An early Sunday morning fire damaged the interior of buildings at 1806 and 1808 Broadway that were used for storage.

Parsons Fire Department responded to a call at 12:21 a.m. Sunday reporting the building near the southwest corner of 18th and Broadway was on fire.

The building, owned by Daniel Perez, formerly housed Perez’s taekwondo school, but it had been used only for storage in recent years.

The fire, which was controlled by 2:15 a.m., resulted in damage mostly to the first floor of 1806 and 1808 Broadway and minor damage to a second-floor common area, but it did not spread to neighboring businesses.

“We get automatic aid from Altamont, and they sent a truck up and we also called additional resource was from Labette Fire District No. 9, and we did a Parsons all call, for all personnel,” PFD Fire Chief Jay Hawks said.

The cause of the fire has not been determined. Hawks said he knows there were no utilities to the building.

“We called the State Fire Marshall’s Office and they came down and investigated. I haven’t spoken with the guy that was there with him. I’m not sure if they took samples of anything,” Hawks said.

Hawks said he had not looked at the valuation of the building, but said he estimated if the building is valued at about $25,000, there is possibly about $15,000 in structural damage.

“It’s pretty significant inside,” Hawks said. 

There was no insurance on the building.

What will happen to the building will depend on the overall structural damage. If the damage affects the structural integrity, the building would need to be razed. If things remain intact enough, it could possibly be rebuilt on the inside.

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