Fire Department: Grass fire that damages house caused by improper burning

By Adam Stewart
Hutchinson News – February 13, 2017

Photo by Sandra Milburn. Click on photo to view full-size.

Photo by Sandra Milburn. Click on photo to view full-size.

A house just west of Hutchinson suffered exterior damage and about an acre of grass burned up Friday afternoon, the result of improper use of a burn barrel, according to the Hutchinson Fire Department.

Firefighters were dispatched to a report of a grass fire that spread to a house around 3:30 p.m. near the intersection of Ninth Avenue and Wilshire Drive. When they arrived, they found what Interim Fire Chief Doug Hanen estimated was about 1 acre of grass burned and the south side of an adjacent home damaged by the fire.

The fire was extinguished in about five minutes, but siding had already melted on the south side of a home owned by Jack and Jeanette Roberts at 1005 N. Wilshire Drive, according to Reno County records. A first look didn’t show any interior damage, Hanen said. According to a news release by Battalion Chief Rex Albright, damage to the house was estimated at $15,000.

Hanen said the grass fire was sparked by a stray ember from a burn barrel in the area. Based on county regulations and Friday’s weather, the burn barrel should not have been in use, Hanen said. Reno County prohibits burning on days when the fire index – which accounts for temperature, humidity and wind speeds – is very high or higher. Hanen said Friday’s fire index was very high.

 

Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
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