Neighborhoods evacuated after Park City 2-alarm fire

Published On: May 04 2014 07:33:56 PM CDT   Updated On: May 04 2014 10:11:36 PM CDT

Neighborhoods were evacuated after a 2-alarm fire at a Park City business. The fire also led to police blocking several streets Sunday night.

Sedgwick County Division Fire Chief Dan Wegner says crews evacuated those north and east of the original fire in the 5800 block of N. Prospect in Sedgwick County.

Dispatch says that Park City Police Department and Valley Center Police worked as traffic control at the intersections of 61st St. and Prospect as well as 59th St. and Prospect and 59th St. and Broadway.

The fire at the Evergreen Pallet, wood recycling center, created a large amount of thick black smoke causing reduced visibility.  The business is located near the intersection of Broadway and 61st St. North.

Wegner says the fire moved from Evergreen Pallet to a tractor storage facility. He says wind allowed to move quickly forcing Park City to call in a lot of resources.

The biggest difficulty was that the fire was spread out over several locations," Wegner said. "We divided the response area into a north and south division--chiefs were assigned to a north and south division and then we had an incident commander responsible for the overall."

There were multiple fire units working the fire. Wegner says Valley Center, Sedgwick County, Wichita Fire and Park City crews all assisted. Semi trailers, pallets, and tires all caught fire. The structure was not involved as of 6:48 p.m.

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There were several reports of loud pops or explosions being heard in the area. Dispatch says a caller told them the business has crude oil in the back and is causing that noise after catching on fire. 

The fire is under investigation to determine where the origin of the fire was and what caused it. No injuries have been reported. Investigators don't have an estimate on the extent of the damage just yet.