Fire closes camp in Barton County for summer

Camp Aldrich fire (Photo by Tami Miller)
Camp Aldrich fire (Photo by Tami Miller)

GREAT BEND, Kansas (AP) – A central Kansas camp will remain closed into the fall after a fire heavily damaged the dining hall.

The cause of Saturday’s fire at Camp Aldrich in Barton County is still under investigation.

Joe Vinduska, spokesman for Barton Community College, which owns the camp, says investigators determined the camp is unsafe for the public. The camp also does not have power, water or utilities in some areas.

No one was injured in the fire.

Camp Hope, a camp for children dealing with cancer, will be held this year but the location hasn’t been determined. The event has been held at Camp Aldrich for more than 30 years.

However, the closing means the annual Barton Foundation sporting Clay Shoot on May 4 is canceled.

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