Fire destroys Trego County fire station…and other headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: February 11, 2019

Jackson SchneiderFebruary 11, 2019

A fire destroyed a western Kansas fire station. According to the Trego County Emergency Management, the fire happened Friday afternoon at Trego Rural Fire Station 1 located on the west edge of Wakeeney. All four fire vehicles were able to be cleared from the building. Western Cooperative Electric Association has offered to house the vehicles and equipment. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Winter weather is impacting the northern half of the state.  Winter Weather Advisories were issued  for northern Kansas today as snow and freezing drizzle were prompting slick travel conditions.  Some areas could receive up to a half-inch of snow and a few hundredths of an inch of ice.

One person is injured following a fire at a Wichita hotel.  The blaze broke out about 7:30 Sunday morning at the Best Western hotel in the 47-hundred block of South Emporia.  A man was seriously injured after jumping from the window of the hotel.  Investigators believe the fire was intentionally set.

A man who grew up in central Kansas is lost and missing in the mountains of Oregon and a search is on. 30-year-old Jeff Vance went missing after walking away from a disabled vehicle in the Umpqua National Forest back on February 2nd.  After having lived in Kansas since 1999, Vance moved back to Oregon for work in October of 2018. Vance’s parents and siblings still live in Kansas.

Four people were hurt after an SUV veered off a Kansas interstate and crashed following a wild ride. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol a 2016 Chevrolet Suburban headed north on I 135 in McPherson County left the road and veered through the median into the south bound lanes where it hit an oncoming 2008 Dodge pickup truck. After hitting the pickup, the Suburban left the road again. It continued west up a hill and through a Kansas Department of Transportation fence. It then went down a hill, hit a large bump vaulted into the air, and finally came to rest right side up. A 54-year-old man and three teens were all hurt.

The Kansas Department of Commerce has awarded a Kansas technical college a $210,000 grant to help with the start-up costs of a planned Associate Degree in Nursing program. The planned associate degree in nursing program will be the second nursing program Salina Area Technical College has started in recent years.





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