Fire crews battle barn fire in Colwich


COLWICH, Kan. (KSNW) – Fire crews responded to a barn fire in Colwich late Wednesday night. It started in the 17000 block of 61st St. North at Cranmer Grass Farm.

Fire crews were up against flames and an unstable structure, but they were also up against losing one of the most important resources they needed.

“Water was a little tough initially. We never totally ran out of water, but we were in a little bit of a conservation mode.”

Bentley Fire Chief Moe Lallement said support trucks loaded with water were hauled down a narrow road for crews to link up to because no fire hydrant was on scene. Crews also battled wind, dry conditions, and also reports of a fuel tank.

“I did hear something when I was initially on scene about possibly a fuel tanker. In rural settings, you are going to see propane.”

Chief Lallement said they tactically worked throughout the night to gain the upper hand on the fire and to protect homes in the immediate area.

“I know we usually try to keep temperatures down. We will put what we call a water curtain. Or take other measures to make sure that the other items outside the immediate fire structures are protected, and we don’t get extension to it.”

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