HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Hutchinson Fire Crews responded to the grandstand area at the Kansas State Fair around 10 a.m. for a fire.
Kansas Highway Patrol advised flames and smoke were visible from the south end of the Grandstands. Fire was located in a vendor space that sold T-shirts and leather goods, called European Leather. Bystanders used fire extinguishers to knock down the flames prior to fire department arrival. Firefighters overhauled the area and extinguished hot spots. Fire damage was limited to the affected booth space.
Fire crews remained on scene for several hours assisting the vendor in removing salvageable items. Investigation found the cause to be a faulty extension cord. Other vendors in the area remained closed as the cleanup continued. Fire Department personnel along with City of Hutchinson Street Department and Kansas State Fair employees worked to clean the affected area to allow vendors to reoccupy.
The Kansas Department of Health was called in to evaluate the food vendors in the grandstand. All food vendors have been allowed to reopen and vendors in the south part of the grandstand were allowed to move back into their spaces.