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Shawnee council approves increased budget for new $5.6 million fire station

By Jerry Lamartina
Shawnee Mission Post – April 24, 2018

A rendering of the proposed fire station.

The Shawnee City Council on Monday unanimously approved final plans and a guaranteed maximum price of $3.8 million for construction of Fire Station 74, to be built at West 53rd Street and Woodsonia Drive.

The $3.8 million is for construction of the building alone. Additional costs for land acquisition, furnishings and equipment, engineering, a fire truck and contingencies bring the project’s total cost to $5.6 million.

“Based on the number of bids received and on a comparison with another Johnson County fire station currently under construction, staff believes this is a competitive price,” according to a Monday memo from Public Works Director Doug Whitacre to Interim City Manager Vicki Charlesworth.

McCownGordon Construction is the construction manager, chosen by the council in November 2017 from 139 bids received. The council chose Williams Spurgeon Kuhl & Freshnock Architects Inc. as the project’s architect in September 2017. Bert Schnettgoeke, senior project engineer in the Public Works Department, is the project manager.

Construction is expected to begin immediately, and the one-story, 9,220-square-foot station is scheduled for occupancy in January 2019. The station will have two drive-through apparatus bays, living facilities for six firefighters, a safe room for use during severe weather and a training room, which will also serve as a room for neighborhood meetings.

The building’s exterior comprises a standing seam metal roof, brick, stucco and cast stone. Fire crews who will staff the station were consulted on the floor plan layout, equipment and finishes.

Growth in northwestern Shawnee prompted the decision to build a new fire station.

“The large geographic area combined with limited mutual aid options has resulted in longer than desirable response times to this part of the community,” the memo stated.

The project is part of the city’s 2017-2022 capital improvement plan. The city budgeted $2.5 million in 2016 for construction of the building. That amount increased to $3.8 million because of site-work costs excluded from the original budget estimate, an addition 1,420 square feet for the station and increased construction costs.

Money to fund the increased project cost is available from the unallocated Johnson County Courthouse tax and from an increased mill levy. The council hasn’t decided exactly how to fund the increased cost, Mayor Michelle Distler said at Monday’s meeting. Options will be discussed in the 2018/2019 budget process.

Shawnee Fire Chief John Mattox told the council at its Feb. 26 meeting that the anticipated cost to build the station had jumped nearly 62 percent, from just over $3.6 million to nearly $5.9 million. Mattox said the reason for the increase was that he “didn’t ask the right questions” during an informal conversation about the project in 2016. The original budget was limited to construction of the building and a fire truck, but it excluded costs for items including engineering, site preparation, furnishings and other equipment, bonds and contingencies for unexpected expenses.

Last July, the council approved a $150,000 purchase of 1.66 acres of land for the new station, and it approved hiring 12 firefighters to help staff the station.


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Fire destroys building, kills pigs

By Cynthia Scheer
Washington County News – April 12, 2016

One building and 179 pigs were lost in a fire at Keesecker Agri Business on March 30. Four fire departments responded to the fire located north of Washington near 20th and Prairie Road. Michele Walter, who is the business manager for Keesecker Agri Business, said the fire marshal determined the cause of the fire in the gilt isolation unit to be electrical and said it likely started near a fan. There were no heat lamps in the building.

Walter said an employee smelled smoke at about 3 p.m. on the day of the fire and began searching for the cause when the fire was discovered.

She and her son, Michael, were the first people to arrive at the burning building, and her son immediately used the loader tractor on site to knock out the hallway that connected the burning building to the unit next to it.

Walter said she was told at a recent conference that hallways should be immediately knocked out to keep the fire from spreading quickly through the barns.

“We feel extremely fortunate that we only lost one building,” she said. “If the fire had been at night it probably would have walked through a majority of the sow herd (buildings.)”.

Walter said the gilt isolation unit that burned was connected by hallways to five more buildings. The hallways are used to move pigs from barn to barn.

The pigs that were lost were 10-week-old replacement gilts.

“It’s always said when you lose some pigs,” Walter said. “But it could have been much worse.”

She said the 24×37-foot building was demolished and the site was cleaned up by noon the next day. A building just like the one that was lost will soon be constructed in its place.

“The fire department got there really quick and were very professional,” Walter said, adding that one department stayed behind in case the fire flared up. “It could have been much worse.”


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Job Opening – Fire Protection Specialist – 190th Air Fueling Wing

Fire Protection Specialist
190th Air Refueling Wing, Forbes Field
Topeka, KS
The Adjutant General’s Department

Requisition #: 189117
Job Description: Fights aircraft, wheeled vehicle, structural and wild land fires; hazmat response; communications centers monitoring; inspections; facility/fire vehicle maintenance; and training. Participate in public education events.
Position Summary:
• $15.24 hourly rate based on 2,912 hours per year.
• State of Kansas Benefits
• Paid Vacation/Sick Leave
• Paid Holidays
• $1000 annual Hazmat Tech Incentive until pay cap is reached
• Kansas Police and Fire (KP&F) defined-benefit Retirement System
• No Living Restriction
• 48/96 Shift Schedule
• Local IAFF 64
• IFSAC/Pro Board Certification Training Opportunities.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)
• National Certification as a Fire Fighter I and II
• Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations
• Pass a pre-employment physical including drug screening
• Complete and/or maintain designated training and certifications
• Maintain physical requirements as a condition of continued employment
• High School Diploma or equivalent
Preferred Qualifications
• Airport Fire Fighter
• Driver/Operator ARFF
• Driver/Operator Pumper
• Driver/Operator Tender
Within 12 Months of Hire Requirement:
• Airport Fire Fighter
• Driver/Operator ARFF
• Driver/Operator Pumper
• Driver/Operator Tender
• Must have a valid driver’s license and maintain a Department of Defense Security Clearance.
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Don Ross Huston

Don Ross Huston, 84, passed away April 11, 2018, at the Hospice House in Hutchinson. The eldest son of Floyd L. and Mary V. (Mulcahy) Huston was a life-long Haven resident, raised on the family farm outside of Haven. He was a charter member of Haven Baptist Church serving in many capacities, retired as Maintenance Manager for the City of Haven, a talented wood craftsman owning Huston’s Board Barn, and a Haven Volunteer firefighter.

He enjoyed farming and camping and was a “Winter Texan” for many years.

On September 6, 1953, he married Jessie Kindley. She survives. Don is survived by his sons, Mark (Patricia) Huston of Hutchinson; Rev. Terry “Ted” (Julie) Huston of Rose Hill; and daughter, Julie (Ryan) Caffrey of Haven.

Don is dearly loved by his six Grandchildren: Joshua (Marki) Huston, Douglass, KS; Jeremy (Jessica) Huston, Algonquin, IL; Jenna (Brad) Brack, Kansas City, MO; Joanna (Luke) Nehring, Overland Park, KS; John Mark (Dresden) Huston, Frisco, TX, and Katelyn (Morgan) Swing, Glendale, CA.

Don has 12 Great- Grandchildren: Jake and Luke Huston, Tyson, Sydney, Gavin and Avery Huston; Conley and Cora Brack; Ziva and Callen Nehring; Audrey Huston; and Thompson Swing. He is survived by two brothers: Jerry (Shirley) Huston, Hutchinson; Bill (Dorothy) Huston, Udall; one sister: Mary Francis (Jim) Fredericks, Yorba Linda, CA; sister-in-law, Kay Huston, South Hutchinson; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Earl Huston.

Funeral will be Saturday, April 14th, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at the Haven Baptist Church, with Reverend Ted Huston presiding. Burial will follow at Laurel Cemetery, Haven. Visitation will be held on Friday, April 13, 2018 from 3-7 p.m., with family receiving friends from 5-7 p.m., all at Ott Funeral Home, Haven. Memorials requested to Hospice House of Hospice and Homecare of Reno County or Haven Baptist Church, in care of Ott Funeral Home, Haven.


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Schniepp’s shop building burns down

Ness County News – April 12, 2018


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BP Textiles fire in Damar

Stockton Sentinel – April 12, 2018


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Lincoln Fire Departments named PRIDE Volunteers of the Month

Lincoln Sentinel Republican – March 29, 2018

The Lincoln Fire Departments are the Lincoln PRIDE March Volunteers of the Month. Lisa Feldkamp said, “They are a dedicated bunch that drops what they are doing to help others in need. With the recent fires, they even volunteered to help others in other counties. Thanks Lincoln Fire for keeping us safe!” Krista Biggs, Lincoln PRIDE, presented the fire department with the March Volunteer of the Month award.


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Lincoln F.D. receives grant for extractor washing machine

Lincoln Sentinel Republican – March 22, 2018

The Lincoln First Rural Fire Department recently received  Kansas Firefighter Recruitment & Safety Grant from the Office of the State Fire Marshal for a large capacity extractor washing machine. This will allow all Lincoln County fire departments to wash their bunker and wildland personal protective gear, most of which has never been washed. Washing the specialized firefighting equipment serves to help reduce the risk of cancer, and also to preserve the life of the equipment. The new machine was delivered and installed last week.


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NOTICE OF VACANCY – Fire Prevention Inspector – Requisition #189440 – Closes 5/7/2018

The Office of the State Fire Marshal has an opening for an Unclassified benefit-eligible Fire Prevention Inspector.  This is a full-time position covering the counties of Lincoln, Ellsworth, Saline, McPherson, Harvey and MarionResidency within the territory is requiredSome travel, including overnight is required of this positionThis vacancy closes 5/7/2018.


Duties will include, but are not limited to the following:


  • Conducting fire and life safety inspections of facilities under the jurisdiction of the Kansas Fire Prevention Code and Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services.
  • Conducting special inspections periodically to support ongoing enforcement activities or investigate complaints.
  • Prepare reports substantiating inspection findings.
  • Assists local authorities in fire prevention matters through participate in statewide fire safety organizations and by routinely providing inspection assistance and liaison to individual local fire departments.
  • Completion of Kansas certification as a Fire Inspector 1 through NFPA and Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services within twelve months of hire date.


Duties of this position will entail climbing in and out of attics, crawling in small areas, climbing stairs, extensive walking, driving, oral and written communication, independent thinking, using a computer, etc.


Pay Rate:  $19.16 per hour.  ($39,852.80 annually)




  • Two years’ experience in performing inspections.
  • College courses in fire science may be substituted for the require experience.
  • Must have a current valid driver’s license.


Preferred Skills:


  • Knowledge of the Kansas Fire Prevention Code
  • 2012 National Fire Life Safety Code
  • 2012 International Building Code
  • 2012 International Fire Code.
  • Extensive field experience as well as code and mechanical aptitude background.
  • Exceptional skills in oral and written communication.
  • Strong computer skills.


HOW TO APPLY:  The application process has 3 STEPS:


STEP 1:  Register by completing the online Personal Data Form (Skip this step if you already have an Applicant ID or Employee ID number.)

STEP 2:  Complete the official State of Kansas application form and submit to the Fire Marshal.

STEP 3:  Email the additional required documents to brenda.schuette@ks.govInclude the job requisition number and your last name in the subject line.


Additional Required Documents:


  • Letter of Interest
  • Resume
  • College Transcripts, if applicable
  • Copy of all Training Certificates
  • Valid Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate


Failure to follow the instructions and submit all required documentation may affect your consideration for this position.




Each applicant applying for a State of Kansas job vacancy must obtain a valid Kansas Certificate of Tax Clearance by accessing the Kansas Department of Revenue’s website.


A Tax Clearance is a comprehensive tax account review to determine and ensure that an individual’s account is compliant with all primary Kansas Tax Laws.  A Tax Clearance expires every 90 days.  All applicants, including current State employees, are responsible for submitting a valid and up to date certificate with all other application materials to the hiring agency.  This is in accordance with Executive Order 2004-03.  If you need assistance with the tax clearance, please contact 785-296-3199.


DEADLINE:  All application requirements must be received by the posted deadline to be considered.


Recruiter Contact Information:


Name:  Brenda L. Schuette

Phone: 785-296-0654

Fax:   785-296-8155



Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact the agency recruiter if reasonable accommodations are needed for any part of the application or hiring process.


The Office of the State Fire Marshal is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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Job Opening – Public Safety Broadband Manager


Kansas Department of Emergency Management

The Adjutant General’s Department

Topeka, KS

Requisition #189431

Closing Date: May 5, 2018      This Position is Re-opened for Application.  Prior applicants need not re-apply.

Position Summary: Position is unclassified, full-time, benefits eligible. Hourly rate of pay is $23.31. Grant funded through February, 2020.  Located in Topeka, KS

Position Description:

Project Management: Coordinates and facilitates Public Safety Broadband planning activities on behalf of the State of Kansas with public safety organizations at the local, regional, tribal, and state levels of government and FirstNet. Works with statewide interoperable executive committee, and FirstNet governing body, to develop statewide position regarding the public safety broadband network. Develops overall planning and decision documents for approval by the statewide interoperable executive committee and FirstNet governing body. Assists with the integration of public safety broadband into statewide communications interoperability plan (SCIP). Develops and manages project plans from inception through completion. Coordinates and assists with communications related exercises.

Grant Management: Assists the statewide Interoperability Coordinator in developing, managing, and executing budgets. Manages grant program to include day-to-day activities and grant activities. Works in collaboration with local, regional, state, and federal entities to ensure successful grant implementation. Researches grant funding opportunities, drafts grant applications, and manages future grant opportunities related to public safety communications interoperability at the direction of agency leadership. Provides technical assistance related to FirstNet to government officials, and interfaces with local, state, federal, private industry, and general public to provide a common understanding of strategies.

Serves as a staff duty officer (SDO) for technological hazards, on-call for one week on a rotational basis, to monitor the state’s 24-hr emergency line for all hazards notifications, May serve in a management function or support position in the State Emergency Operations Center during exercises and real-world activation´s. May deploy to an impacted jurisdiction throughout the state to provide support or technical assistance. Provides support to all programs within the Emergency Communications section as assigned.

Incumbent may be subject to call-in/call-back outside regular working hours to support state response and recovery actions, staffing the state emergency operations center, or deploy to areas impacted by an emergency or disaster.


Requires high school diploma or GED and three to five years experience in public safety. Experience in mobile telecommunications and/or land mobile radio communications preferred, as is a background in National Incident Management Systems (NIMS), Incident Command Systems (ICS) and adult training/teaching.

Must have a valid Kansas driver’s license and ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense Security Clearance as a Condition of Employment .

Requires ability to establish and sustain good working relationships with a variety of individuals across all levels of government, private industry, and public.

Special Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • General knowledge of grant and budget development.
  • General knowledge of program/grant management
  • Ability to effectively lead discussion groups
  • Knowledge of emergency communication organizations, initiatives, and procedures both national and at the state level
  • Ability to evaluate training needs
  • Ability to become a subject matter expert in emergency communications in a reasonable period of time,
  • Ability to organize and supervise classes, conferences and meetings.
  • Present information and material in an interesting and challenging manner effectively using PowerPoint
  • Ability to plan, assign and analyze problems and select, implement and evaluate solutions.
  • Ability to operate two-way radios – 800 MHZ radios and other communications center equipment
  • Ability to apply and explain rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.

How to Apply:

1. Register by completing the online form at

2. Complete the official State of Kansas application at :

3. Submit your online application to the Adjutant General’s Department.

You may also submit a paper copy of your Employment Summary to: The Adjutant General’s Department, State Human Resource Office, 2722 SW Topeka Blvd, Topeka, KS 66611-1220.

Submit additional documents such as cover letters, resumes, transcripts, and/or certifications to Please reference name and requisition number on all documents.

Required Documents : In order for your application to be considered complete, the following documents must be received by the agency prior to posted closing date:

State of Kansas Application Form: Filled out completely.

Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate: Each applicant applying for a State of Kansas job vacancy must obtain a valid Kansas Certificate of Tax Clearance by accessing the Kansas Department of Revenue’s website at . A Tax Clearance is a comprehensive tax account review to determine and ensure that an individuals account is compliant with all primary Kansas Tax Laws. A Tax Clearance expires every 90 days. Applicants are responsible for submitting a valid certificate with all other application materials to the hiring agency. This is in accordance with Executive Order 2004-03. If you need assistance with the tax clearance, please contact 785-296-3199.

Interviews will not be granted without a Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate.

Contact Information :

Phone: 785-646-1460

Fax: 785-646-1679

Adjutant General’s Department

State Human Resource Office

2272 SW Topeka Blvd, Topeka, KS 66601

The Adjutant General’s Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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One killed in motorcycle accident in Reno County

KWCH – April 23, 2018

One person was killed in a crash involving an SUV and a motorcycle near 4th street and east Obee road in Hutchinson.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says the crash happened Sunday around 5 p.m.

Troopers were trying to pull the motorcyclist over but he refused to and took off.

A pursuit started and the driver of the bike ended up hitting the back of an SUV.

The driver was declared dead on scene.

East 4th avenue is closed between Obee road and Barnes Lake road.


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David Charles Kendrick

David Charles Kendrick, 78, of Lyons, died April 19, 2018 at his residence. He was born July 25, 1939 in Bellville, KS, the son of William “Bill” and Ellen (Chacey) Kendrick. He graduated from Clay Center High School with the class of 1957. David has resided in Lyons since 1971, formerly of Clay Center, KS. He was the water foreman for the City of Clay Center from 1961-1971, and from 1971-2014 he was the superintendent of utilities for the City of Lyons. David was a past president of the Kansas Section American Water Works Association; served 40 years on the Lyons Fire Department; and was a member of the Sterling American Legion. He served in the United States Air Force from July 2, 1957 until June 2, 1961, attaining the rank of Airman 3rd class. On October 11, 1968, David was united in marriage with Mary Gier in Clay Center, KS. She survives of the home. He is also survived by his two sons, John David Kendrick of Clay Center, KS, and Cris and Liz Kendrick of Garden City, KS; two daughters, Danetta and Will Rice of Ainsworth, NE, and Lynette Kendrick of Pilsen, KS; sister, Sharon and Don Aldridge of Wichita; ten grandchildren, Chalyssa, Jessica and Phil, Derrick, Jhordynn and Dylan, Christopher, Kieron, Alexius, Rylee, Aubree, and Kelby; six great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Jerry Kendrick. Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M., Saturday, April 28, 2018 at First United Methodist Church, Lyons with military honors by United States Air Force. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 P.M., Friday, April 27, 2018 at Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons with family present. In Lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Bell & Star Fund or Lyons Fire Department Scholarship Fund in care of Birzer Funeral Home, Lyons.


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Topeka home intentionally set ablaze early Saturday

By Erika Hall
WIBW – April 23, 2018

The Topeka Fire Department responded to a house fire at 1253 SW Washburn Ave. around 4:30 a.m. Saturday.

When crews arrived on scene they discovered the front wooden porch of a two story home on fire.

Firefighters were able to quickly put the blaze out, and kept it confined to the original structure.

The house was vacant at the time, and no working smoke detectors were found inside the home.

The cause of the fire has been determined as incendiary, meaning the front porch was intentionally set on fire.

It is estimated the homeowner lost $2000 in structural damage.


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Truck fire causes damage to home

By Michael J. Sellman
Junction City Daily Union – April 23, 2018

A pickup truck caught fire Friday morning causing structural damage to a home at 331 W. 14th St.
The fire started approximately 10:30 a.m.
The owner of the pickup, a resident of North Carolina, had parked the truck, a GMC Sierra, next to the house and was inside when the fire started.
He said he could smell fumes yesterday after driving the vehicle. He had recently replaced a pipe valve on the truck, but isn’t sure if that started the fire or not. The cause is under investigation. No injuries were. The estimated cost of the damages aren’t known at this time. More information will be reported as it becomes available.


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Bushong fire destroys multiple structures

Emporia Gazette – April 23, 2018

A fire in north Lyon County caused an estimated $50,000 in damage Friday afternoon.

According to a written statement, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office and firefighters from Americus, Allen and Dunlap responded to a fire at approximately 3:09 p.m. Friday at 216 E. Third St. in Bushong.

“On arrival to the scene, multiple sheds and a garage were fully engulfed,” Lyon County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Gifford wrote.

Responding deputies located landowner Karen Rogers on the property trying to extinguish the fire. After investigation, it was found that a trash fire in a burn barrel had spread to the structures and continued to spread.

One person was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.


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Fire at 524 Orange Street in Rossville

WIBW – April 23, 2018


Fire teams responded at approximately 4:50pm. No one was in the house at the time of their arrival. No injuries. What started the blaze is currently under investigation.


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Officials release victim, suspect names in deadly crash

KWCH – April 23, 2018

One person is dead, another seriously hurt after a two-vehicle crash near 71st Street South and Hydraulic, just east of Haysville.

One person was trapped in a vehicle involved in the crash reported a little before 9 p.m, Friday a Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor says.

According to the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office, a man is in jail for vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of a fatality accident.

Sedgwick County Deputies booked Alejandro Bustillos, 46, into Sedgwick County Jail.

Deputies also released the name of the victim Saturday, Manuel Yanez, 50, died in the crash near 71st Street South and Hydraulic, just east of Haysville.

The passenger in the vehicle, Lujan Palma, refused treatment.


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Students at Olathe high school take in mock prom night crash

By Sean McDowell
Fox 4 – April 20, 2018


The arrival of an annual rite of passage also brings cause for concern.

On Thursday afternoon, students at OIathe West High School got a crash course on the potential of prom night danger. “Operation Prom Night,” a realistic reminder of the worst case scenario, was built in the school’s back parking lot for students to study.

There they sat: two clunker automobiles with their front ends smashed together, as firefighters and paramedics rushed to the aid of screaming people in peril.

It’s a brutal reminder that prom night can also be a teenager’s worst night.

Olathe Fire Department workers pooled their efforts with EMTs from Johnson County Med-Act to create a mock crash. It was a scripted smashup, designed to show the pain that can happen to teens who drive drunk on prom night.

Firefighters hacked away at the two old hunks of junk, one of which still had teenagers inside. Eleven members of the high school’s drama club — including three makeup techs — portrayed students in a state of shock, reeling in disbelief from the pantomime accident they’d taken part in. Eight of those young actors wore fake blood and stunned looks on their faces, as they wailed in agony, as if their lives had flashed before their eyes.

A large crowd of their classmates looked on, many of whom used their cell phone cameras to record reminders of the trauma they saw.

“This is all your fault,” one young actor, covered in blood, howled.

As Olathe fire and rescue workers whirled into action, they were joined, for the first time ever, by members of the high school’s Fire Rangers program. That’s a school-based organization that prepares teenagers for work in law enforcement and first response.

“It’s a little chaotic for some,” said Cody Scrivner, one of the two student firefighters.

Olathe West High School is still in its first year of existence, and many of OWHS’s students were seeing this annual drill for the first time.

“Usually, after prom, there are a lot of people who go to after-parties, and they do have drinking. It’s not good for them to be driving right afterwards,” Scrivner said.

The message is loud and clear to the actors involved in this crash, during which some of the characters on this parking lot stage didn’t make it out alive. Some students admitted they’re sometimes pressured by their peers to drink and do drugs.

“The temptation is definitely there,” said Peyton Falen, one of the group’s actors.

Falen who, like Scrivner, is a sophomore at the high school, sat behind the wheel of one of the two automobiles, as firefighters used the Jaws of Life to rip the crinkled car to smithereens.

“I would never want to end up like this, so no drinking. Don’t do drugs. Make sure you’re safe on the way there. If you’re going to participate in something illegal, make sure you have a ride home,” Falen said.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving said car crashes are the leading cause of death for American teenagers, and, according to the group’s website, 25 percent of those wrecks involve a drunk driver.

One firefighter on the scene reminded reporters this isn’t a new exercise. In fact, first responders in Olathe have conducted this pre-prom drill for 22 years. However, firefighters said, when a new set of teenagers see the tragedy that can happen, it gets the message across.


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Department pushes for new fire station

KWCH – April 20, 2018


A Butler County town is not only outgrowing it’s fire station but it also needs a new truck.

The Towanda fire station has been modified several times to make sure all the fire trucks can fit inside. The chief says the building structure is compromised and two of their trucks still have to sit outside.

“In order for us to provide those things we have to have the facilities to do it. We can’t just pull this stuff out of the air, we have to have the facilities to provide the equipment to provide the service, ” says Chief Tom Pyle.

It’s been a growing problem for the volunteer Towanda Fire Department. The chief says the current station was built sometime in the 70s.

Back then fire departments didn’t respond to the high volume of calls they respond to today, including medical and hazmat calls.

Pyle says today’s trucks are bigger and they have a hard time squeezing into their station. The chief says these issues are slowing down the department’s response time.

“A lot of times you come back dirty and grimy, you may have been exposed to some biological hazard and you come back here and want to change clothes–there’s no place to shower. That was something that wasn’t considered when this building was built.”

The station is also where the volunteer firefighters train but the Pyle says there isn’t enough room for that either.

Pyle says the city doesn’t have enough money to build a new facility. He says he going to city council members to work out a way to fund the new station. It will likely come down to a bond issue for the city.


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Topeka Fire investigating house fire near Topeka VA

WIBW – April 20, 2018

Topeka firefighters are looking into the cause of a house fire near the Topeka VA Friday morning.

Firefighters were called to the intersection of SW 20th and Atwood around 3:15 a.m. This is about a block away from the Topeka VA Medical Center.

Authorities say the home was vacant, and no other homes in the area were damaged.

The fire was extinguished about an hour later, with fire crews staying to mop up hot spots after.

Initial reports indicate the fire may have started on the back deck.

The cause is under investigation.


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Manhattan fire causes more than $150,000 in damage

By Katie Moore
Topeka Capital Journal – April 20, 2018

A fire at a Manhattan residence caused more than $150,000 in damage Thursday.

The blaze was reported at 5 p.m. at 917 Kearney, according to a news release from Manhattan Fire Department assistant chief Mike Kaus.

When crews arrived, they found heavy smoke and fire showing from the two-story, multi-family residential structure.

The occupants were able to evacuate and no injuries have been reported.

Five fire engines and 17 firefighters responded. The blaze was contained within 30 minutes, but crews remain on the scene as of 8 p.m.

The fire caused $125,000 in damage to the structure and $30,000 in contents loss.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Kaus said.


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Grass fire in Chase County

Emporia Gazette – April 20, 2018

A controlled burn got out of control just over the Lyon – Chase County line early Thursday afternoon.

At about 1 p.m., scanner traffic indicated a grass fire near the intersection of Road 190 and YY Road in Chase County, about one mile west of the border with Lyon County. The blaze was said to have started when a controlled burn got out of hand and jumped the road.

Firefighters Saffordville, Strong City and Cottonwood Falls have all been paged out to the blaze.


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Rural Galesburg fires happen about two miles apart

By Greg Lower
Chanute Tribune – April 20, 2018

Two benefits are scheduled to help the owners of a St. Paul business whose home near Galesburg was destroyed Friday.

Galesburg firefighters also responded Thursday to another house fire in the same area.

The fire April 13 destroyed the home of Brice and Tacey Little on 50th Road near Scott Road outside Galesburg.

The Littles operate the Dugout restaurant and bar in St. Paul, and relatives have scheduled a silent auction and benefit barbecue dinner there this Saturday evening.

From 8 to 11:30 am Sunday, April 29, the Knights of Columbus will host a benefit breakfast at the St. Francis Parish Hall in St. Paul.

Firefighters from Galesburg, Erie, St. Paul and Neosho Township in Labette County responded to the fire April 13, along with the Chanute EMS from Erie, Galesburg Assistant Fire Chief Dustin Kennedy said.

The alarm came between 5:30 and 6 p.m., and the west side of the house was covered in flames when firefighters arrived, Kennedy said. They were on the scene until 10 p.m.

The Littles and their two children were in St. Paul at the time of the fire. The fire is not considered suspicious, and started from a possible electrical fire or a clothes dryer.

Kennedy said the Littles rented the property owned by Gary Volmer, but plan to rebuild.

The benefit breakfast will include biscuits and gravy, hot cakes, sausage, eggs, coffee, juice and milk, for a free will donation. The St. Francis Parish Hall is located one block north of K-47 at the school, and the Dugout is located at 720 Central St. in St. Paul. The benefit at the Dugout begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, with pulled-pork sandwiches for $5.

Kennedy said the family has received clothing donations. Contributions can be sent to Knights of Columbus Council 760 in care of treasurer Jeff Gard, 408 Sheridan, St. Paul, KS, 66771. Checks should have “Little Family Benefit” on the note line.

At about 9:50 a.m. Thursday, Galesburg, St. Paul, Neosho Township and Labette No. 9 Fire District firefighters responded to a house fire on 30th Road between Trego and Scott roads. The fire at the Tony Emert home was still under investigation Thursday afternoon and the house was a total loss. Emert was not home at the time of the fire.


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Lions Learn About Emergency Extraction

By Pilar Martin
Harvey County Independent – April 19, 2018

Halstead Lions Club had a rather unusual meeting Monday in Halstead. One of its members, Dr. Colin Bailey, had donated some money recently to Fire Department. Fire Chief Jim VanSchaick used part of the funds to purchase some TNT extraction tools, and he invited the Lions Club to watch a demonstration of the tools in use.

VanSchaick and about half of his department were on-hand to show the Lions Club members how they use tools to extract patients from vehicles.

“We had about 15 from the department there,” VanSchaick said. “Some were new recruits learning the process as the more skilled firefighters demonstrated.”

The department already had extraction tools, but the new versions are battery operated. “These are more portable and allow us to extract without using power from other needed sources,” VanSchaick added.

Lions Club member Galen Buller said he was impressed by the demonstration.

“It was quite something to watch,” Buller said. “They cut a car apart right in front of us.”


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Rural Cowley County Home Damaged By Fire Thursday Afternoon

By Shane Farley
NewsCow – April 19, 2018

A rural Cowley County home was damaged by a fire that occurred Wednesday afternoon.

Cowley County Rural Fire District 4 was dispatched at 3:25 p.m. for a structure fire at 2570 82nd rd.

Firefighters arrived to find a fire in the attic, entered the home and pulled the ceilings to put out the blaze. The fire was contained to the roof and attic area but the main floor had water damage, according to a Udall fire official.

The house is owned by Jack Loveall.

Investigators believe the fire started when part of a metal roof on the back porch detached due to wind and struck a power line. That caused arcing and sparks.

Winfield Fire, Mulvane Fire and Sumner Fire District 9 from Belle Plaine also responded.

It was the third structure fire fought by the Udall fire department in a 24-hour period.


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Fire damages shop building

Leavenworth Times – April 19, 2018

A wood burning stove is being blamed for a fire that damaged a shop building at a rural Leavenworth residence, a fire department spokesman said.

The fire was reported at 6:25 a.m. Wednesday at 18698 High Prairie Road. No injuries were reported.

Capt. Jeff Smith of Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1 said firefighters had the flames knocked down in about 20 minutes. Firefighters had to return to the scene later in the morning because the fire began to flare up again in a couple of areas.

Smith said the fire burned in only one section of the shop building. But there was smoke damage throughout the structure.


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Fire quickly doused

Ottawa Herald – April 19, 2018

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The Ottawa Fire Department quickly doused a garage fire Wednesday afternoon in the 400 block of South Willow, Ottawa. The fire was reported at 5:30 p.m. and was reported out by 5:40 p.m.


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WFD thinking outside city limits, looking to add Brush truck for grass fires

By John Asebes
KSN – April 19, 2018


The Wichita Fire Department is always ready to respond to fires in the city.

But outside city limits Fire Marshall Stuart Bevis says their crews are more or less grounded.

“The biggest issue there was we are not really equipped,” explains Bevis.

Last year when the fires in Hutch scorched thousands of acres, Wichita was there, but they weren’t exactly fighting the fire.

“We were able to go maybe fill a station for them with one of our heavy apparatus’s and with one of our heavy engines,” says Bevis. “We were able to take that call load off of them so they could either rest and recuperate.”

That’s mainly because city fire trucks aren’t designed for that kind of fight.

“If they get into any kind of sandy soil and they are going to sink in,” explains Bevis. “You carry 300 pounds of water that is a lot of weight.”

A brush fire can. They’re typically higher off the ground and can handle the terrain while laying water down.

Even though Wichita is an urban department Bevis thinks they may need one.

“It does seem like recently, in the last few years, there have been more significant wild fires, if not in Sedgwick County, but in the counties surrounding us,” he says.

He says they are taking a hard look at the budget and getting creative in the mean time.

“Right now we are modifying a piece of equipment we have on hand, or at least looking at modifying it,” he says.

Bevis says everyone on the staff completed wildfire training with the Department of Forestry and they are forming a team to be able to respond to those events.


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Fire science instructors give insight into challenges crews face against wildfires

KWCH – April 19, 2018


Wildfires in northwest Oklahoma are only about three percent contained and, as of Wednesday evening, don’t show many signs of letting up.

Crews say one of the fires advanced as far as eight miles within three hours due to the strong winds. When it comes to challenges like what crews are facing in northwest Oklahoma, training and preparation are key.

In Reno County Wednesday, fire science students had to put out a basement fire in a building. Blowing smoke made visibility difficult and added to the fire students fought to extinguish.

While the training presents different challenging scenarios to equip students with knowledge and experience, fire science instructors at Hutchinson Community College say as firefighters, they can’t prepare for every type of situation.

“More often than not, there is no textbook fire, so we always have to get a little creative,” says Fire Science Instructor Bobby White.

Officials in Oklahoma say “normal tactics” for crews fighting miles of wildfire aren’t working.

The instructors in Hutchinson say “normal” is when crews use brush trucks around the edge of a fire and spray water directly on it. And if they’re unable to do that, they know things have gotten worse.

“So we have to start looking at other options to be more effective from a distance,” White says. “Sometimes that means bringing in aircraft, Sometimes that means going out in front of the fire and actually lighting fires to take away the fuel.”

In northwest Oklahoma,fire even spread to an EMS truck.

“Wind going 60 miles an hour, they are trying to apply their tactics that they are commonly using and it puts them in danger,” fire science instructor Jason Holland says.

The instructors says fires can move as fast as the wind does, or faster. And while they train for what they can, their main advice to students is to stay safe.

“We always pride ourselves on the training we provide to keep everyone safe,” Holland says. “Bottom line is, at the end of the day, everyone goes home.”


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Hutchinson fire crews work around the clock, continue to battle grass fires

By Chris Arnold
KSN – April 19, 2018


Grass fires continue to burn in some areas of the state Wednesday.

Right now, Reno County crews are battling a grass fire near Lake Cable Road. That’s southwest of Hutchinson.

The strong winds and dry conditions aren’t doing firefighters any favors.

Charred grass and blowing smoke is not a scene uncommon in Hutchinson and Reno County in the past week.

“We’ve probably had four structure fires, homes and probably 15 grass fires,” said Chief Steven Beer, Hutchinson Fire Department.

It’s those fires, that Hutchinson Fire Chief Beer says have kept crews working around the clock.

“Our crews have been busy, last night alone, every single fire apparatus in Reno County was out fighting fires,” added Chief Beer. “Our crews, everybody is on about three hours of sleep in the past two days and it’s taking its toll.”

Chief Beer says the current conditions, especially the high winds, have made fighting and getting fires under control more difficult.

“We had gusts up to 60 miles an hour last night and it just fans the flames so fast, they just jump a quarter mile ahead of the main fire,” explained Chief Beer.

In what Chief Beer is already calling a long grass fire season, he’s worried what will happen, if they don’t get some rain soon.

“If we don’t get a lot of rain before 4th of July, we are going to have our hands full, that is my next biggest worry, looking down a few months from now,” said Chief Beer.

He said there currently isn’t a burn ban on Reno County, but he’s urging people to not do any controlled burns or burn anything, the hope being that it won’t add any more fuel to the number of fires firefighters are already working.


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2 dogs rescued from Manhattan apartment fire

By Brian Dulle
KSNT – April 18, 2018


Two dogs were rescued Wednesday morning from an apartment fire in Manhattan.

The Manhattan Fire Department was sent to a reported structure fire just before 9 a.m. at 1010 Garden Way, just south of Anderson Ave.

When crews arrived they could see smoking coming from the three-story apartment building. The fire was quickly contained and no people were found inside the apartment that had the fire.

All other residents were able to exit before the fire department arrived.

Crews removed two dogs and were able to resuscitate them.

The estimated amount of damage is reported to be $30,000.

The cause of the fire is under investigation but is believed to be accidental.


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Seward County Fire Quickly Extinguish Blaze

By Joe Denoyer
KSCB – April 18, 2018

Seward County Fire Rescue was dispatched around 4:20 pm yesterday to a grass fire at Hwy 54 and ROAD x, east of Kismet. Units arrived on scene with a rapid rate of spread fire that jumped the tracks and continued north east. Local farmers arrived quickly with tractors and discs and contained the fire. Josh Dixon was dispatched for air support, the fire quickly contained at less than 100 acres. Plains Fire assisted with the fire. Units spent numerous hours mopping up about 1 mile of railroad tracks that were burning. Cause of the fire appears to be roadside.


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Small grass fire reported in Leavenworth

Leavenworth Times – April 18, 2018

A neighbor helped to extinguish a small grass fire in Leavenworth before firefighters arrived, a Fire Department spokesman said.

The fire was reported at 3:10 p.m. Monday in the area of 10th Avenue and Gatewood Street.

Mark DeMaranville, division chief of prevention for the Leavenworth Fire Department, said a small pile of leaves and some brush were burning. The neighbor was able to put out much of the fire before firefighters arrived.

DeMaranville said he did not know what started the fire.


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Family Thankful To Escape Today As Ark City Home Is Engulfed In Flames

By Shane Farley
NewsCow – April 18, 2018

John and Heather Irving are thanking God they were able to wake up this morning, quickly gather their three children and escape from their Ark City home just before it was destroyed by fire.

“My wife had seen a bright light at the back of the house and woke me up. My first thought was to get everyone out of the house and try to put out the fire,” John Irving said this morning as he stood a few feet from the charred remains of his home at 1313 South L. “But by the time I ran through the house there were already flames shooting out the side of the house. With 45 seconds to a minute the house was fully engulfed in flames.”

The home and two vehicles – including a 2016 Ford Mustang the family recently purchased – were completely destroyed by the fire.

The couple, though, said they were just grateful their family escaped unharmed. One pet is thought to have perished in the fire.

Firefighters were called to the report of the house fire around 12:40 a.m. Fire officials said strong winds enabled the fire to spread very quickly and caused an issue for firefighters trying to control the blaze. An official cause remains under investigation.

Crews from Winfield and Udall were called to the scene to assist. It took a few hours to bring the fire completely under control. A small crew remained at the scene this morning to monitor any flare ups.

The family was able to stay with family that lives close by in south Ark City. The Irvings have owned the home for sometime and had used it as a rental property.

They moved back in about a year ago and had been remodeling the residence.


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Kansas Wildfire Disaster

By Todd Pittenger
KSAL – April 18, 2018

Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer has issued a disaster declaration in response to a series of wildfires in the western part of the state.

Wildfires were reported Tuesday in Stanton, Morton and Wallace counties. At least 90 homes in Stanton and Morton counties were evacuated when the fire threatened the area.

Wallace County Sheriff Larry Townsend says several structures were damaged and three firefighters were taken to a hospital with injuries after the flames reached their truck.

According to Butler County Rural Fire and EMS, moments before flames consumed a Butler fire truck, a yell for help came over the radio, and then silence. Minutes later two firefighters were spotted making their way out of harms way from the smoke and flames that over took them. The fire truck was a total loss. The agency says they are in need of monetary donations to replace the truck.


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Russell Fire Department Awarded Grant from Kansas Firefighter Recruitment and Safety Grant Program

By David Elliott
KRSL – April 18, 2018

The City of Russell Fire Department has been awarded a $3,550 grant from the Kansas Firefighter Recruitment and Safety Grant Program.

The grant will be used to purchase structural firefighting boots.

The City Fire Department responds to structure and grass fires, as well as rescue and hazardous materials incidents.

These boots will continue to keep firefighters safe at all times and decrease the risk of injury during fire department operations.

The City of Russell Fire Department thanks the Kansas Firefighter Recruitment and Safety Grant Program for their support.

(Information courtesy City of Russell Fire Department.)


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Multiple fires burn throughout Kansas

By Ashonti Ford
KSN – April 18, 2018


Governor Jeff Coyler issued a disaster declaration for several fires burning throughout Kansas. Fires started late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. The largest one came out of Stanton and Morton counties.

One fire located in eastern Colorado along the Kansas line was pushed into Stanton and Morton counties in the southwest part of the state.

Approximately 90 homes were evacuated from the two counties, including homes in the town of Richfield in Morton County. The fire was reported to be under control late in the evening.

Another fire was reported near Weskan in Wallace County. The fire moved east of town. No word yet on how much damage that fire caused.

“Right now, our brothers and sisters throughout western Kansas are battling the fires,” said Bryan Ellis, Sedgwick County Division Chief. “We just need to be cognizant of anything that would start fires, especially with the wind and dry conditions.”

Closer to home, Sedgwick County and Bel Aire fire crews helped Park City first responders contain a fire of the 300 block of E. 51st Street North. Crews were dispatched to the area around 1 a.m. Wednesday morning. Residents in the Park City area told KSN that they heard a loud boom in the middle of the night.

“We had such heavy fire involvement,” said Chief Ellis. “Semi trailers on fire, plus all the trees back behind it so, we were trying to gain access with our trucks, and then also just trying to battle the wind as far as getting the fire knocked down to where it didn’t spread to the other trailers.”

There is still no cause for the fire and because of the rapid spread, crews still aren’t sure where the fire started.

“We’re not for sure if it’s actually remnants of pallets,” said Chief Ellis. “Property owner said that there was also some pounds of cardboard that they pulled off of the pallets and part of it is cardboard and part of it is remnants of pallets.”

Crews stayed in the Park City location throughout the morning to make sure the fire was contained with no sign of reigniting.


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Texas woman killed in rollover crash in west Topeka

By Johanna Hecht
KSNT – April 18, 2018


The Kansas Highway Patrol said a woman from Texas died in a single-vehicle rollover crash in west Topeka Tuesday night.

Theresa Greig, 52, of Coppell, Texas, was driving too fast as she was turning onto I-70 eastbound. Greig lost control and ran her Nissan truck off the road. She hit a tree and rolled the truck several times.

The accident happened on I-70 eastbound near the Fairlawn exit just before 11:30 p.m.

There were no other occupants inside the vehicle and no other cars were involved.


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Multiple departments battle grass fire Southwest of Topeka

By Alicia Rogers
KSNT – April 18, 2018

Multiple departments are working to battle a grass fire in SW Topeka.

The fire is located near 109th and Docking Rd.

Auburn, Dover, Mission, Burlingame, and Harveyville fire departments, and a tanker from the 190th Air Refueling Wing, are on scene working to keep the grass fire contained.

Spot fires throughout a one square mile area of field remain the focus. Crews have formed a line to protect any structures near the field.

This is a developing story. We will bring you updates as they become available.


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Fire crews battle fully involved fire Tuesday at North Topeka business

By Katie Moore
Topeka Capital Journal – April 18, 2018

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Fire crews battled a fully involved structure fire on Tuesday at a North Topeka business.

Firefighters found heavy smoke and flames when they responded shortly after 3 p.m. to L&M Recycling, 1801 N.E. Grantville Road. The location of the fire is just west and north of the Kansas River and south of US-24 highway.

Topeka Fire Department shift commander Dan Macke said at the scene that all of the employees were able to evacuate and no injuries were reported.

An employee at a neighboring paint business said the area that caught fire is where the recycling business empties car fluids.

An investigation concluded the blaze was accidental. Macke said the fire began when an employee at the recycling business who was working on the gas tank of a car hit something unintentionally. Propane tanks and tires were likely the source of the small explosions.

The fire spread because there were oil tanks nearby, causing substantial damage to the exterior and roof of one of the structures belonging to the business. Once the blaze was under control, fire crews built a small gravel dam to block water contaminated with oil from leaving the area. They also used orange tubes that can soak up oil, Macke said.

The fire caused $25,000 in damage to the shop and $5,000 in contents loss.

There were at least five Topeka fire engines on scene.


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Crews fight wildfires across western Kansas

KWCH – April 18, 2018

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Fire crews have managed to contain a large wildfire out of southwest Kansas.

Early reports from the National Weather Service office in Dodge City say the fire spread across southwest Stanton and northwest Morton counties.

Voluntary evacuations for the town of Richfield have been lifted. If anyone happened to get displaced, a shelter has been set up at the Elkhart City Hall.

Morton County Emergency Management says as of about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, the fire is contained and crews remain on scene to monitor conditions and clean-up.

Residents in Morton and Stanton counties are asked to turn off their sprinkles so that fire crews have access to water.


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Hutchinson fire crews battle two-story house fire

KWCH – April 18, 2018

Fire crews battled an overnight two-story house fire in Hutchinson.

The fire happened on north Lorraine Street. When crews arrived on scene they found heavy fire conditions that had engulfed the entire home.

Firefighters say due to the increasing winds that rapidly spread the fire, the roof and second story walls had collapsed in as crews were stretching the initial hose lines. Heavy embers sparked spot fires up to two hundred yards from the structure that stretched available resources thin.

No one was home at the time of the fire. Crews will remain on scene throughout the night monitoring hotspots and to ensure that no additional brush fires are started.

The fire remains under investigation. The Hutchinson Fire department urges citizens to use extreme caution over the next few days as the fire danger index will climb into the extreme range.


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Kansas teen dies after crash with cement truck

Hays Post – April 18, 2018

A Kansas teen died in an accident just after noon Tuesday in Barton County.

The Barton County Sheriff’s office reported a 2007 Saturn Ion driven by Shealee A. Stover, 18, rural Olmitz, was westbound on Northeast 30 Road and failed to stop at the stop sign at Washington Avenue.

A northbound International cement truck driven by Billy Love, 39, Great Bend, struck the Saturn. Both vehicle continued north of Washington. The Saturn came to rest on its roof. The cement truck rolled onto its passenger side.

Stover was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Sheriff Brian Bellendir. Love was not injured. Both drivers were wearing properly restrained at the time of the crash, according to Bellendir.


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Authorities investigate Baxter Springs grass fire

By Austin Hyslip
Four States – April 18, 2018


Authorities are investigating after a grass fire ignites a mobile home in Baxter Springs.

Just after 10:30 this morning, the Baxter Springs volunteer fire department responded to a fire at 1341 South East Gum Lane. A grass fire caught a mobile home on fire.

Firemen were able to control the grass fire and the mobile home fire in about forty minutes. Galena and Columbus fire departments helped out today.

The fire is under investigation by the Kansas Fire Marshal’s Office.


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Doghouse catches fire in Emporia

By Ryann Brooks
Emporia Gazette – April 17, 2018

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No injuries were reported after a doghouse attached to a residence at 417 S. Union St. caught fire Tuesday morning in Emporia.

At about 9:40 a.m., scanner traffic indicated a structure fire in the 400 block of South Union Street.

Battalion Chief Tony Fuller said there were four people at the home when the fire ignited. Sixteen animals were also in the home.

“There were four occupants in the house and 16 animals,” Fuller said. “Most of them have been accounted for.”

Fuller said no animals had been found deceased inside of the home

Emporia Fire Department personnel were still investigating the cause of the fire. Fuller said more information would be provided later in the day.


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MLFD honors Davis after 28 years of service

Gyp Hill Premiere – March 12, 2018
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Mike Davis retired from the Medicine Lodge City Fire Department after 28 years of service. He was honored at the Medicine Lodge City Fire Department’s annual banquet on March 3rd, 2018. In the 28 years that Mike was on the fire department, he would have been paged out to over 500 fire calls. Mike was very helpful because of his knowledge of all of the firefighting equipment and his experience. When the pager goes off it is not only the firefighter affected, his family members are affected as well. A firefighter’s family worries about him until he returns home with the strong smell of smoke saturated into his clothing. The Medicine Lodge City Fire Department and City of Medicine Lodge are thankful for Mike’s service and appreciate his family sharing him with us over the past 28 years.


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Rural Robinson home damaged in fire

Hiawatha World – April 17, 2018
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A rural Robinson home was damaged April 11 in an early-morning fire.

Robinson fire Chief Dennis Tietjens said the fire department was called to 2949 Timber Rd., around 2 a.m. that morning. Upon arrival, firefighters found the lower level of the two-story home fully engulfed in flames. They were able to contain the fire to that area, however there was heat damage to other sections of the house.

Residents were home, but got out safely. The State Fire Marshal’s Office is currently investigating the cause of the fire. Assisting were Hiawatha Fire Department, Iowa Tribal Fire Department, Brown County Rescue Squad, Town and Country EMS, Iowa Tribal Police Department and Brown County Sheriff’s Department.


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Ditch fire sparked by powerline

Jewell County Record – April 5, 2018
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Friday evening around 6:15 p.m., Mankato Volunteer Fire Department answered a call at the intersection of highway 36 and 14. The fire was in the southeast ditch. A powerline had apparently arched and shot sparks into the grass, igniting the ditch. Fever than 5,000 square feet burned.


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Electrical fire causes extensive smoke damage

Sabetha Herald – April 17, 2018

An early morning electrical fire caused extensive smoke damage in a Sabetha home.

At 12:38 a.m. Monday, April 16, the Sabetha Fire Department was called out to Roger and Ilene Hartter’s house at 1526 Virginia in Sabetha, for a house full of smoke. Upon arrival, the Sabetha Fire Department found the basement to be full of smoke and a fire, which was contained to the furnace room.

According the Sabetha Fire Chief Jim Johnson, after an investigation by the State Fire Marshal, it was determined that the fire was accidental and electrical in nature. The house suffered extensive smoke damage and no injuries were reported.

The total loss has yet to be determined, pending the insurance adjuster’s report.

The Sabetha EMS was on standby, and the Sabetha Fire Department was on scene until 2:18 a.m.


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