Fire out, state fire marshal to investigate Formation Plastics blaze in Quinter


A fire at a plastic manufacturing company in Gove county is now out.

Mike Haase with Gove County Emergency Management said the fire was first reported around 4 p.m. at Formation Plastics in Quinter Sunday afternoon. 

“When I first got there, I couldn’t even see flames from the outside,” owner Penny Callantine said. “It was a huge cloud of black smoke.”

Firefighters from five departments remained on the scene overnight monitoring hot spots. Crews were still on scene Monday putting out the fire. 

“It’s one of those that we never wanted to fight.” Quinter Fireman Doug Kuntz said. “It was a big industrial fire, a lot of equipment and types of plastic, which fueled the fire.”

Around 5 p.m., fire crews put out the fire and remained on scene until the smoke cleared. 

The Kansas State Fire Marshal will start investigating Tuesday morning to find out how it started. 

No residents or employees were injured. However, one fireman injured his foot Sunday night.

Haase said several other agencies were on the scene assisting the Quinter Fire Department. Greenfield Fire, Grinnell Fire, Trego County Rural Fire, the Gove County Sheriff’s Office and the Kansas Highway Patrol are all assisting with the fire. 

The family who owns the company told KSN this fire will negatively impact the town’s economy and the 15 workers.

“It’s one of the larger employers of the community, if not the largest,” owner Jana Pote said. “Certainly, a loss of some jobs for the time being and right before the holiday is really unfortunate.”

The family said they don’t know if they will rebuild the building or not but are remaining positive through this tragedy.

The family and Quinter officials thank everyone who helped.


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