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Northwest Kansas fire crews douse vehicle fires in Trego, Ellis counties


By The Hays Daily News

By The Hays Daily News

There were two vehicle fires in Trego County on Thursday, and another one this morning in Ellis County, according to authorities.

At approximately 2 p.m. Thursday, a semi was pushed by high wind into an abandoned vehicle on Interstate 70 at mile marker 142, Trego County Rural Fire Chief Larry Eberle said this morning. The collision ruptured the semi's right fuel tank, he said, and sparks from the crash caused the fire.

Eberle said trucks and tankers from Trego and Ellis counties responded to the blaze, which burned approximately 160 acres of mainly stubble field before it was contained two hours later.

Eberle said there were no injuries to the semi driver or to firefighters battling the blaze.

Eberle said at approximately midnight, another semi caught fire at mile marker 122 in the county, but he did not yet have other details on that fire this morning.

Ellis County Rural Fire Director Dick Klaus said the Victoria department responded to a vehicle fire on an exit ramp near Victoria this morning, but it was extinguished before units arrived.