Students evacuated from elementary school

By Matt Heilman
Ark Valley News – March 21, 2014

Sedgwick County fire crews were kept busy in the late afternoon to early evening hours of March 13 as they battled grass fires along major highways in the northern and eastern parts of the county. A fire that closed the westbound lanes of K-96 at Hillside spread along I-135 north to 61st North.

Sedgwick County Deputy Fire Chief Craig Lew said the fire did not spread to any structures. However, the fire along 61st did spread to the back of the Chisholm Trail Elementary School property in Park City. The building and equipment behind the building were spared, but as a precaution, Park City police officers evacuated 30 students to the Park City Senior Center.

Park City Police Lt. Henry Spurlock said the students are part of a latchkey program at the school located near 61st North and I-135 in the 6000 block of Independence. The evacuation occurred about 5:20 p.m. according to a Park City police report.

Lew said the blaze along the highway started when the exhaust from a semi truck ignited the deck of a doublewide mobile home it was hauling.

Southeast of Park City, Sedgwick County and Butler County fire crews battled several grassfires along the county line, including at 159th East near Kellogg. Lew said investigators haven’t made a connection between the fires out east and the ones up north.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster