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Fire Collapses Second and Third Floors of Garden City Hotel

Judd Weil


Garden City Fire Department battled a structure fire on April 26. [PHOTO: Garden City Fire Department]

The Kansas State Fire Marshal’s office has been called in to assist the Garden City Fire Department (GCFD) with an investigation into an April 26th hotel fire.

At approximately 4:32 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, the Garden City Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 2808 N. Taylor Plaza, the location of the Dusty Trail Inn.

Upon arrival, fire personnel observed heavy smoke and fire coming from a second story window.

Firefighters encountered overwhelming heat and smoke conditions during original interior entry. GCFD Command determined due to high heat and deteriorating structural condition, it was unsafe for interior operations and an evacuation order was mandated.

Fire personnel then transitioned to a defensive fire attack due to the amount of fire and presumed condition of the structure. After most of the fire was extinguished, fire personnel were able to transition back into interior operations of salvage and overhaul.

During the second entry phase, fire personnel found the fire had caused the second and third floors to collapse.

The fire was deemed under control at 6:52 p.m.

In total, one tower, one ladder, two engines, two tanker trucks, and three command vehicles responded to fight the Dusty Trail Inn fire. Multiple master streams and handlines were used to bring the fire under control.

“This fire is still under investigation and the cause has yet to be determined,” said GCFD in a press release. “The Kansas State Fire Marshal’s office was notified of the fire and has been requested to assist with the investigation.”

Crews were on scene until 9:57 p.m. last night making sure there were no additional hot spots to put out. The GCFD Technical Rescue Team, on April 17, worked to stabilized the the building so it was safe for investigators to safely move throughout the structure

No injuries were reported, and no damage estimates for the structure are known at this time.

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