Propane Tank Explosion Causes Fire in Rural Kansas County

On Monday afternoon, June 12, several propane tanks exploded, sparking a sizable fire in a small metal building near Great Bend, Kansas. The incident occurred around 3:45 pm in the rural Barton County area’s 200 block of SE Road. The explosions caused significant damage to the 40-by-60-foot wood-frame metal building, exposing several additional propane tanks to the flames.

The Great Bend Fire Department arrived quickly and started fighting the fire from the outside. Due to the remote location, tankers had to transport water from Great Bend to extinguish the fire because there weren’t enough resources nearby. The Ellinwood Fire Department and a hazmat team from Barton County also helped deliver water to the scene to support the response.

Sadly, the structure and everything inside was deemed a total loss. Following an investigation, the Great Bend Fire Department concluded that the explosions and resulting fire were accidental.

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