Osage County authorities kept busy by semi crash, overnight fire Featured

By Brandon Peoples and Chuck Samples August 09, 2018 312
Osage County authorities kept busy by semi crash, overnight fire Osage County Sheriff's Office courtesy photo.

Osage County authorities are investigating what caused an early morning house fire in Carbondale.


Multiple fire agencies responded to the blaze at 324 Melody Lane just after 4 a.m. Thursday. No injuries were reported but the house was determined to be a total loss. Damage has been estimated at $140,000. The home was occupied by Steven Loschke.

The State Fire Marshal has ruled the fire started in the garage but a cause is undetermined at this time. Carbondale, Overbrook and Burlingame Fire all responded in addition to the Fire Marshal.

Separately, a roundabout connecting three Osage County highways had to be almost completely closed to traffic for several hours after a wreck early Thursday.

Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn says deputies responded to a non-injury crash at the intersection of Kansas Highways 31 and 268 as well as US Highway 75. The wreck happened around 1 am when the driver of a semi, Michael A. Cox of Grand Junction, Colo., was southbound on US-75 and hit the roundabout. The semi's fuel tank was damaged and spilled about 70 gallons of diesel fuel.

Both K-31 and US-75 had traffic down to one lane for about four hours after the crash.

Besides deputies, Osage County Fire District 5, Osage County Emergency Management and the Kansas Department of Transportation all responded to the scene. The investigation continues.

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