WILSON, Kan. (KSNW) – A large structure fire in Wilson Sunday afternoon originated as a grass fire call but quickly escalated to more.
Crews were called to an old flour mill in Wilson where they found big flames and quickly called for mutual aid. Wilson Fire Department responded but got help from Ellsworth and other nearby departments.
The mill is not used for anything anymore, but the elements posed a problem for first responders.
“The biggest problem of the day for us was the wind, with the embers and stuff we had houses just on the north side of where the old mill was and we had fire burning right up to it,” said Larry Langerman, Wilson Fire Chief. “Luckily, we didn’t lose any of the houses or anything but it did char up some of the out buildings and stuff.”
Ellsworth County Emergency Management director Keith Haberer says it was mostly extinguished by about 6 p.m.
Haberer says an inspector with the Kansas Fire Marshal’s Office is looking into the cause of the blaze.
All photos are courtesy Joe Curtiss.