Fire damages cabin at Camp Aldrich


A fire damaged the Trail’s End Lodge cabin Friday morning at Camp Aldrich. It is northeast of Great Bend near Claflin.

Fire crews were called just before 6 a.m. Officials said no injuries were reported, and the camp was not in use at the time.

Fire crews remained on the scene putting out hot spots.

“When we arrived, we had fire from all sides of the building. We were able to get water on it right away, and in a few minutes, we’re able to get it down where it was manageable. And we’ve been out here for another two and a half, three hours to make sure everything is out,” said Claflin Fire Chief Doug Hubbard.

Investigators believe electrical problems may have played a part in the fire. 

No injuries were reported, but initial damages are $165,000, and the camp lost 40 beds. 

Trail’s End Lodge was the only cabin that was damaged, Hubbard said. 

“With all the wet weather we’ve had, we’re very fortunate this isa  grassy area out here,” he said. “Today, the grass is really green, and it didn’t spread out to the rest of the area.” 

Back in 2014, the camp’s dining hall was destroyed in a fire.

Barton Community College’s Director of Public Relations & Marketing Brandon Steinert said he thinks it’s weird there have been two fires within the last four years.

“Yeah, it’s a little weird,” he said. “The buildings are old. They are 50 years old, and they’re made completely of wood. So, they’re flammable.” 

Camp Hope, a non-profit whose goal is to improve the health of children and adolescents with cancer, takes place each June at Camp Aldrich.

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