Sep 14, 2021

Bystanders put out fire under state fair grandstand

Posted Sep 14, 2021 8:30 PM

HUTCHINSON —There were no injuries after a fire at the Kansas State Fairgrounds Tuesday.

Just after 10a.m. Tuesday, fire crews responded to the Grandstand at the Kansas State Fair, according to Doug Hanen, Division Chief of Operations.

Kansas Highway Patrol advised flames and smoke were visible from the south end of the Grandstands. Fire was located in a vendor space that sold T-shirts and leather goods, called European Leather.

Bystanders used fire extinguishers to knockdown the flames prior to fire department arrival. Firefighters overhauled the area and extinguished hot spots. Fire damaged was limited to the affected booth space.

Fire Department remained on scene for a several hours assisting the vendor in removing salvageable items. Investigation found the cause to be a fault extension cord. Other vendors in the area remained closed as the cleanup continued.

Fire Department personnel along with City of Hutchinson Street Department and Kansas State Fair employees worked to clean the affected area to allow vendors to reoccupy.

Kansas Department of Health was called in to evaluate the food vendors in the grandstand. All food vendors have been allowed to reopen and vendors in the south part of the grandstand is in the process of reoccupying the spaces.