Hutchinson, KS – Sprinkler system activates to help contain apartment fire; No injuries reported

Dozens of residents at the Tierra Verde Apartments waited for an American Red Cross overnight shelter Wednesday after a third story apartment fire caused the building to be evacuated. Hutchinson Fire Department Deputy Chief Doug Hanen said calls came in at 5:23 p.m. and firefighters were able to contain the fire to the living room of the apartment within 20 minutes of arriving. He didn’t believe anyone was in the apartment when the fire started. Hanen said no one was one was injured, but water damage caused by the sprinkler system and the fire hose affected most apartments in the 28-apartment complex on Avenue A.

“There’s a lot of people going to be displaced tonight,” Hanen said. He did not have a count at the time. The cause of the fire was still under investigation. Hanen said the department responded with six fire engines, two trucks and a total of 28 personnel. “We had everybody,” he said. The Tierra Verde Apartments were built in 2008. The two-bedroom apartments are part of New Beginnings.

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