Fires in Reno Co. caused by train sparks, now under control

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Hutchinson fire crews battled 10 fires in Reno County Wednesday. 

Units were first dispatched to the scene of a fire in the 400 block of S. Obee Rd. along the railroad. There, units found a fire had extended onto the property of Excelsior, a business that uses straw. 

The fire quickly engulfed multiple piles of straw. 

Additional fires broke out south of Avenue G., moving east to Brandy Lake Rd. 

According to Hutchinson Deputy Fire Chief Doug Hanen, the largest fire jumped Avenue G. Buhler, Burrton, and District 9 fire units help battle that fire before it was able to reach homes off of 4th Ave. and in the McKenzie Addition.

All fires are under control. However, some straw piles will continue to burn for several days. 

Hanen said fire units will stay overnight and the situation will be reevaluated in the morning. 

Residents in the area should remain indoors to avoid the smoke. 

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