Accidental fire at Rose Villa injures one person

TOPEKA — A fire at a local nursing care facility in Topeka on Saturday night left one person in critical condition.

The fire occurred about 10 p.m. at Rose Villa, 2075 S.W. Fillmore St., according to a news release from fire marshal Michael Martin.

Martin said crews arriving at the scene were led by nursing staff to a victim that had been injured in the fire.

The victim was removed and treated at the scene, then transported to a local hospital.

The fire was contained to the room of origin, and was out when fire crews arrived at the scene.

Martin said the cause of the fire was accidental, and associated with careless use of smoking materials.

The estimated content loss is $1,500.

 

Water releases reduced on Missouri River

LEAVENWORTH — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has cut back the amount of water being released from dams along the Missouri River.

Locally, officials continue to monitor the river following significant flooding earlier in the year.

The Army Corps of Engineers began reducing the amount of water being released from dams Nov. 20. The dams are located upriver from Leavenworth.

“Overall releases from the Missouri River system will still be higher than normal through the winter to ensure flood control zones are emptied before the next runoff season,” John Remus, chief of the Army Corps of Engineers’ Missouri River Water Management Division, said in a news release. “We are continuing to monitor conditions and will make adjustments as necessary.”

At 2 p.m. Friday, the Missouri River was at a depth of 14.72 feet in the Leavenworth area. This is about 2.25 feet below what is referred to as the river’s action stage for this area.

Even though the Missouri River is no longer flooded, Kim Buchanan, deputy director of Leavenworth County Emergency Management, said the river may still be high when spring arrives next year.

“We just kind of start spring already full,” she said.