- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—Nobody was injured after an apartment building caught fire Monday afternoon in Hutchinson.

Hutchinson Fire Department crews fought the blaze at 126 W. 12th Ave. for about two hours, and called an all-clear around 4 p.m. The fire consumed much of the second floor and attic, causing part of the roof to collapse, according to Fire Chief Kim Forbes.

Forbes said they did a “quick and dirty” search of the apartments, but after two men came up asking about a sister whom they couldn’t find, crews went in to check again before more of the roof came falling down.

“They don’t know where she is. We don’t think she is here, but we are going to guarantee with a secondary search,” Forbes said after the two men approached him.

The roof collapsed on the north side of the apartment, and shingles and chimney stones came crashing down with the water’s power.

At one point, the fire was so hot on the attic floor that firefighters had to come down.

In addition to the heat of the fire, it was quite windy and 100 degrees outdoors.

Crews also had to break open windows during the blaze, and firefighters used chainsaws to cut open the roof, with flames coming through afterward.

Five fire trucks were on the scene, but only three seemed to be working the fire.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.


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