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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Red Cross, Fire Department canvass neighborhood of fatal fire

  • Representatives of the American Red Cross and Leavenworth Fire Department are slated to knock on doors Saturday morning in northwest Leavenworth, offering free smoke detectors and information about fire safety.
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      • Representatives of the American Red Cross and Leavenworth Fire Department are visiting homes Saturday morning in northwest Leavenworth.


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      Story at a glance:

      • Representatives of the American Red Cross and Leavenworth Fire Department are visiting homes Saturday morning in northwest Leavenworth.



      • They are distributing free smoke detectors and providing information about fire safety.



      • The canvassing effort is being conducted in a neighborhood where a July 3 fatal fire took place.



      • The canvassers were expected to be knocking on doors between 9 and 11:30 a.m.



       

  • Representatives of the American Red Cross and Leavenworth Fire Department are slated to knock on doors Saturday morning in northwest Leavenworth, offering free smoke detectors and information about fire safety.
    The fire safety canvassing effort comes after Raychel Littrice, 39, died in a July 3 fire at 1925 Seneca St.
    Red Cross representatives and Leavenworth firefighters are visiting homes in that neighborhood.
    "We just felt like it was something we wanted to do in this community," said Danielle Carder, a disaster specialist for the Kansas City region of the American Red Cross.
    She said the goal with this weekend's outreach effort is to get word out about fire safety.
    Carder said the American Red Cross responds to about 70,000 disasters each year in the U.S. About 90 percent of them are fire related.
    Carder said 74 homes will be visited Saturday in northwest Leavenworth.
    "We'll be passing out smoke detectors," Carder said.
    She said the smoke detectors are being provided for free by the American Red Cross.
    Carder said working smoke detectors cut the risk of dying in a fire by half.
    Leavenworth Assistant Fire Chief Mark Nietzke said there apparently was no working smoke detector at the scene of the July 3 fire.
    The fatal fire was blamed on unattended cooking.
    Home Depot in Leavenworth donated nine-volt batteries for this weekend's event.
    Carder said the batteries can be used to replace old ones in smoke detectors.
    "We'll also have literature available," she said.
    Red Cross representatives and firefighters had door hangers to leave for people who weren't home.
    Melissa Bower, city of Leavenworth spokeswoman, said the canvassing effort is being focused on an area that includes Miami, Seneca and Shawnee streets between 18th and 20th streets.
    About eight volunteers and two staff members from the Red Cross were expected to be a part of this weekend's outreach effort, Carder said.
    Two truck crews from the Leavenworth Fire Department also were expected to participate, said Cary Collins, administrative assistant for the Fire Department.
    The participants planned to meet at 9 a.m. at David Brewer Elementary School before heading out in the neighborhood.
    Carder anticipated they would finish by 11:30 a.m.
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