One person dead after fire at Paxico winery

By Brianna Childers
Topeka Capital Journal – November 9, 2018

Photo by Brianna Childers

Firefighters and Wabaunsee County law enforcement were on the scene Thursday night of a large fire at Wyldewood Cellars Winery in Paxico.

A woman who identified herself as longtime manager of the winery, located at 23633 Grapevine Road, but declined to give her name said a person set themselves on fire outside the front door. The fire spread to the building. The person’s body and a gas can were found near the front door, she said.

The winery closed at 4:30 p.m. because of the winter weather. The fire started about 6 p.m., which is the winery’s normal closing time.

The manager said a person driving past the winery saw the fire and reported it.

Firefighters were expected to remain at the scene for several hours.

The Wabaunsee County Sheriff’s Office and firefighters from at least two Wabaunsee County fire districts and Wamego Fire Department were on scene as of 9:30 p.m. The fire crews continued to spray water on the building.


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