Train ignites two fires southeast of town

By Kristen Roderick
Hutchinson News – April 12, 2014

Two grass fires Friday southeast of Hutchinson were started by a passing train.

No one was injured.

The first was reported at 5:35 p.m. in the 900 block of South Devena Drive. Hutchinson firefighers found 3-5 acres of grass on fire north of the railroad along with several cedar trees. Units also had to protect several propane tanks that were threatened, according to Deputy Fire Chief Doug Hanen.

The fire was controlled in 30 minutes, and firefighters stayed for three hours to deal with burning rubbish.

The second fire was reported at 5:43 p.m. at Avenue G and Mayfield. Firefighters found 2-3 acres of grass on fire north of the railroad. The fire jumped a driveway and made it through two large rows of cottonwood and cedar trees, according to Hanen.

A cabin and garage on the Shear’s sand pit was near the fire, but never ignited. The fire was controlled in 40 minutes and units stayed on scene for three hours to extinguish several cottonwood trees.

Fire District 8 responded with two brush units and Westar Energy monitored burnt utility poles and several trees that were near the power lines.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

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