Fire departments from Ellinwood and Great Bend responded to two separate vehicle fires on Tuesday and early Wednesday. Both caused major damage but no serious injuries.
A hazardous materials crew was called to U.S. 56 at SE 150 Ave. after a 2006 Newmar truck caught on fire around 1 a.m. Wednesday. The Barton County Sheriff’s Office reports Hazmat cleared burnt vehicle parts from the road.
Driver David Craddock of Great Bend told officials he was traveling west and everything appeared to be fine a few minutes earlier when he stopped to let his dogs out at Chase. Then he saw smoke and stopped in Barton County. The truck was destroyed.
Ellinwood Fire Department and Emergency Medical Service responded, along with a wrecker from Doonan GMC. Craddock refused medical treatment at the scene.
Great Bend Fire Department responded to a car fire at 514 Cleveland St. around 5:35 p.m. Tuesday. Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke coming from under the hood of Heather Swafford’s mid-sized car.
"An unsuccessful attempt was made to extinguish the fire before crews arrived," he said. The fire, which started in the engine compartment, caused an estimated $12,000 in damage.