Burrton firefighters have action-packed day

By Karen Jacobs
Harvey County Independent – March 27, 2014
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Western Harvey County was a hot spot last Thursday with the Burrton Fire Department responding to three fires during the day on Thursday, March 20 and three EMS calls.

The first call was a grass fire at Avenue G and Victory Road. Fire Chief Jon Roberts said the owner was burning trash and it got out of control, starting a grass fire. Roberts said the fire was controlled to less than one acre of ground. During the fire, the department had its first EMS call of the day.

Roberts said the department had a second EMS call with someone walking into the station in need of transport.

The second fire the Burrton department responded to was in eastern Reno County at Buhler/Haven Road and Illinois. The Buhler Fire Department was paged out to a fire north of the location but when they arrived they found no fire. Firefighters could see fire south of the location and asked for the Burrton Fire Department to be dispatched out to the fire. A storage shed was on fire with a home nearby. Crews were able to control the fire and keep the home from receiving any damage.

The last fire of the afternoon was at a home on Highway 50 near River Park Road. The two-story home located at 16413 west U.S. Highway 50 was reported to have smoke alarms going off and smoke in the residence. When firefighters arrived they found the smoke was coming from the second level of the home.

According to Halstead Fire Chief Jim VanSchaick, the fire was contained to the upstairs bedroom where it started. Other areas did have smoke damage. He said damage was estimated between $1,000 to $2,000. The Halstead and Burrton Fire Departments responded to the fire. VanSchaick said Burrton crews arrived first as they were in transit back to the station from another fire. During this time Burrton EMS was dispatched to the structure fire as well.

Halstead had an additional fire on Friday when a van filled with chemicals caught on fire near 12th and Halstead Road. The van was destroyed. Fire Chief Jim VanSchaick said the cause of the fire was most likely mechanical.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

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