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Fire that erupts after New Year’s party destroys building

January 2, 2019

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a fire that erupted after a New Year’s Eve party has destroyed a Hutchinson commercial building that was being used as a wood hobby shop.

The Hutchinson News reports that the party ended around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, and the fire was reported just before 7 a.m. About 40 firefighters battled the blaze. It was brought under control about two hours later, despite a firefight that was hampered by freezing temperatures and a broken hydrant.

Hutchinson Fire Chief Steve Beer says the building was in the process of being purchased and is considered a total loss. The building next to the wood hobby shop housed the Ark Valley Cooperative Dairy Association and sustained water damage.

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Information from: The Hutchinson (Kan.) News, http://www.hutchnews.com

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