The Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce recognized community volunteers at its 2015 Spotlight Awards Luncheon held at Brinkoetter’s Big Iron Works last Tuesday afternoon. The annual awards luncheon gives the Chamber an opportunity to applaud members of the community who have volunteered their time and efforts to make Pleasant Hill a better place to work and live. Receiving awards this year are (from left) Chamber Past President Cheryl Miller, Businesspeople of the Year Courtney and Michael Weaver of Weaver’s State Farm Insurance, Outstanding Chamber Member Tina Stidham, Lions Club President Bob White for Outstanding Civic Organization, of the Year, Educator of the Year Becky Russell, Civil Servant of the Year Mark Randall and Outstanding Civic Volunteer Jeff Wilson. The recipients were nominated by the Chamber membership and winners were selected by an awards committee. The Chamber also recognized 11 “New Kids on the Block” that have opened new businesses in Pleasant Hill over the past year.
Family struck by another fire
By F. KIRK POWELL
Editor & Publisher ..A Pleasant Hill family that lost most of its belongings in a fire on Timber Street earlier this month was driven from their new home on Country Club Drive by another fire last Thursday afternoon. ..Fire badly damaged the rental home the family was living in at the intersection of Timber and Independence streets on Friday, Jan. 9. ..The owner of the rental property found them another place to live owned by a family member at 1309 Country Club Drive, but that home was badly damaged in another fire that broke out less than two weeks later.
..Assistant fire chief Nathan Carpenter said that fire broke out shortly before 1 p.m. Thursday in the basement of the 1-story home. ..The fire spread from the basement to the living room and into the attic. ..Carpenter said flames were visible at the front of the home when firefighters arrived and Pleasant Hill Fire & Rescue called for mutual aid because it was uncertain if anyone was home at the time. As it turned out, no one was at home when the fire broke out and there were no injuries. ..But damage to the house was extensive. Carpenter reported that flames damaged the basement, living room, kitchen and attic and there was heavy to moderate smoke damage in the rest of the house. ..Firefighters were able to get the blaze under control in less than 40 minutes. ..Carpenter said firefighters were able to get the blaze under control more quickly and save more of the house because it was reported more promptly and had not had time to spread as far as the first fire.
..Firefighters had a water supply issue at first because of a faulty fire hydrant and called in additional water tankers from neighboring fire departments. ..Sixteen firefighters from seven neighboring fire departments helped Pleasant Hill’s six firefighters battle the blaze. Lake Lotawana, Prairie Township, Lone Jack, Central Cass, Belton, Harrisonville and South Metro fire departments sent personnel and equipment to Pleasant Hill to help fight the fire. Carpenter said he believed the house could be salvaged, but still estimated damage at approximately $50,000. ..The State Fire Marshal’s Office investigated the blaze and determined that the fire was most likely started by an electrical problem in the basement. ..An electrical problem was also suspected in the January 9 fire at the home on Timber Street. That fire was believed to have started in a carport and spread into the living room and attic of the 1-story house. ..Teachers and staff at the Pleasant Hill Middle School are again accepting donations to help the family replace clothing that was lost in the fire. ..As before, clothing needs include boys jeans size 32 by 30, boy’s XL shirts, size 101/2 shoes, ladies size 1 clothing, ladies size 10 shoes, girls size 12 youth clothing and girls size 3 shoes. ..Donations will be accepted at the Pleasant Hill Middle School at 1301 Myrtle Street, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on school days Monday through Friday.