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Tonganoxie fire leaves firefighter, family temporarily without home

A Thursday fire at  2010 Hidden Valley Court that is thought to have started when a candle fell on the couch in the foreground has left a city fireman and his family temporarily without a home.

A Thursday fire at 2010 Hidden Valley Court that is thought to have started when a candle fell on the couch in the foreground has left a city fireman and his family temporarily without a home.

November 3, 2011

Tonganoxie — A Tonganoxie firefighter and his family are temporarily out of a home after an afternoon fire.

Full-time Tonganoxie firefighter Adam Griffith was on duty Thursday afternoon when the department received a call of a couch fire at his home at 2010 Hidden Valley Court. He was among the city firefighters responding to the fire in a duplex at the end of the Hidden Valley Court cul-de-sac in the Stone Creek neighborhood.

Tonganoxie firefighter Tammie McCutchen said Adam’s wife, Erin, was in the home’s fully furnished basement at the time of the fire with her son, who was taking a shower.

It is believed the fire started shortly after 3:30 p.m. on the ground floor when a burning candle fell on a couch, McCutchen said.

McCutchen, who lives a block away from the house, said she and her husband were the first on the scene after the fire call. City firefighters found a fully engaged fire in the living room on their arrival, she said.

The upstairs sustained substantial fire, smoke and water damage, McCutchen said. There was also some smoke damage to the basement, she said.

No one was injured from the fire, McCutchen said.

Units from Tonganoxie and Stranger township fire departments also responded to the fire.

The other unit in the duplex, 2000 Hidden Valley Court, was not damaged, and its residents can remain in their home, Mc Cutchen said.

Red Cross is helping the Griffith family, and city fire department personnel were also pitching in, McCutchen said.

“Adam being part of us, we’ll be helping him, also,” McCutchen said.

Comments

straightup 2 years, 10 months ago

Oh... I did not like the comment about "Adam being a part of us, we'll be helping him "McCutchen said" What??? They will only help if your a part of the them "The Fire Department"? That statement sounds like you better hope your house don't catch on fire.. especially if your not part of the Fire Department or anyone that works for the city. I would hope that the Fire Department would step up and help any family from Tonganoxie if they could. Especially if a family is put out of their home because of a fire. I look at it this way, We the people of Tonganoxie are the ones that pay Big for that Fire Department and the ones that work there. The Tax payers are the ones that make it possible so that the "Fire Department" can fill like they are one Big Happy Family!

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tongieres 2 years, 10 months ago

Seriously?! I happen to know the McCutchens very well. Their daughter is my best-friend. How dare you. The fire department does so much for our community. What more could you possibly want from them. Are you aware the the majority of our fire dept is made up of volunteers. They don't get paid. They are there for free, to help people like you! You should be ashamed of yourself. They risk their lives everyday to help people. They are a Big Happy Family because they work side by side doing dangerous work for nothing everyday! And even being a thankless jerk, if God forbid your home ever caught fire, they would be there to help you! Even the members who do get paid aren't rolling in money. Your tax dollars go to equipment and fire trucks that save lives, not just their salaries. What is it you think they should do for you, other than save your life and the lives of your family? Pay your bills? Give you a home to live in? Clothe and feed you? You are simply outrageous!

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jsctongie 2 years, 10 months ago

WOW! You sure took a lot from one small statement.

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sadiro 2 years, 10 months ago

Only an idiot could take away the statement that you did. The fire department has and always will be there when needed. It is only the closed minded that can pull idiot statements out of something that was genuine. It is sad that you don't have the closeness that true citizens of Tonganoxie feel. It seems you have trouble with the word family and how that single word can include an entire city included in the fire department's "family". So sad, get a grip on life and try and worry about the terrible things going on in this town,county and country and don't try and make something where there is nothing to make.

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shrinelady09 2 years, 10 months ago

Straightup......evidently you have no clue what it means to be a part of the community or know what it is to do GOOD for your community! "We the people of Tonganoxie are the ones that pay Big for that Fire Department and the ones that work there. The Tax payers are the ones that make it possible so that the "Fire Department" can fill like they are one Big Happy Family!" Seriously, you actually said this! Regardless of the tax payers, the fire department would still be "one Big Happy Family." When people work that closely together to save YOUR life, they are a family. Maybe you don't know what "family" means. Firefighters do not get paid huge salaries, much less get the pay they deserve for saving homes, property, or LIVES. Just as tongieres said..............MOST of the Tonganoxie Fire Department is VOLUNTEER. That means they DON'T GET PAID!!!! Maybe you need to take a look at how the Tonganoxie City Fire Department works. If it weren't for the tax dollars, they would not have the equipment to do their jobs and possibly one day have to save you or your family members. You don't realize what the fire fighters/EMS personnel or their families sacrifice. I grew up in such a family and regardless of what is going on, whether it be a holiday or not, when that pager tones, they go. The holiday meal could be partially cooked and the rest of the family waits. They chose that profession to help YOU! You need to take a look at your community and realize that the fire fighters, EMS, and police department are here to serve YOU! Give the credit where credit is due! We have an awesome group of people here to work for the citizens and you need to quit being so bitter. THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE WONDERFUL MEMBERS OF THE FIRE DEPT/EMS/POLICE DEPT!! You all never get the praise that you all deserve! Keep up the fantastic work!

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Witwag22 2 years, 10 months ago

I happen to know the McCutchens very well. They will only help if your a part of the them "The Fire Department"? chaudière à pellets chaudières pellets chaudière granulés chaudière à granules

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