Wind spreads grass fire to three structures at Redfield

By Jason E. Silvers
Fort Scott Tribune – January 13, 2017

Photo by Jason E. Silvers. Flames ravage a building as a Bourbon County rural firefighter walks toward the scene of a multiple structure fire late Wednesday afternoon in Redfield.

Photo by Jason E. Silvers. Flames ravage a building as a Bourbon County rural firefighter walks toward the scene of a multiple structure fire late Wednesday afternoon in Redfield.

Bourbon County rural firefighters battled a fire that burned down three structures Wednesday in Redfield.

Several rural fire departments responded to a fire that broke out about 4 p.m. in structures on Spruce and Cedar streets. Bourbon County Fire District No. 3 Chief Delwin Mumbower said Thursday said the initial call came in as a grass fire. Windy conditions then helped the fire spread to the buildings.

“It started as a grass fire and in a matter of a very few minutes it spread. It started in brush just to the west of it,” he said.

At one point, all of the structures were engulfed in flames, according to scanner reports.

Mumbower said the main structure was a trailer house that was enclosed but was unoccupied and had sat vacant for several years. There was also a small outbuilding behind the house and a small workshop in front of the trailer house that were destroyed in the fire.

Mumbower said the Office of the State Fire Marshal was contacted Wednesday to investigate the cause of the fire. He said after talking with Redfield Fire Chief Troy Johnson Wednesday, the cause of the fire had not been determined.

“The fire chief called for the state fire marshal and he showed up and is investigating it,” Mumbower said. “We were lucky to keep it out of the houses to the east.”

Redfield District 4 fire department responded with two trucks and five personnel. BCFD No. 3 sent six trucks and 12 personnel through an automatic aid agreement the district has with the Redfield fire department. Two vehicles from Scott Township Fire Department also responded to the fire, Mumbower said.

Firefighters were on hand for several hours extinguishing the fire and checking for hot spots.

“They stayed there pretty late last night getting the trees put out. There were a lot of limbs burning in the trees,” Mumbower said. “I think they left about 9 p.m.”

 

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