Hutchinson volunteers rebuild home

The Highlands fire in Hutchinson rekindled Monday night. (KSN Photo)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – For some, March 6 will be a day that just rings a bell, but for folks in Hutchinson, it will be a day they will never forget.

“A bit scary here,” said Michael Ellegood, Hutchinson resident. “The fire was northwest of us when we first saw it, and then, the wind changed directions; it came quicker then you would think.”

Ellegood like many other residents had very little time to gather their belongings before having to evacuate their homes. Reno County officials tell us that nearly 6,000 acres of land burned that week, leaving nearly a dozen families without homes to come back to.

“We lost just about everything,” said Ellegood.

Michael Ellegood is the principal at Buhler High School and Saturday, nearly 50 community and family members joined Ellegood and the Buhler High School baseball team in cleaning up and rebuilding his property.

“We decided as a team that we wanted to step in and help,” said Grant Dunning, Buhler student. “The Ellegood’s do so much for our community, it’s the least we can do.”

Ellegood said after the fire, everything was destroyed but having the help of the community gives him more than money can buy; it gives him support.

“The support from our friends and family, my students and church has been amazing,” said Ellegood. “It just shows you what a great community we live in,here in Hutch.”

Unfortunately, not all Hutchinson fire victims have as much support as Ellegood and his family. If you’re interested in helping the Reno County fire victims rebuild their lives visit this webpage for more information.

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