Cause of Evergreen Recycling fire determined

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – The Sedgwick County Fire Department said it determined the cause of a large fire at a Park City lumber recycling facility was spontaneous combustion. The October 30 fire at Evergreen Recycling burned for several days.

“Fire investigators spoke with dozens of people and watched hours of captioned video to determine that the fire started at the southeast corner of the northernmost pile of wood debris. “, said the Sedgwick County Fire Department in a press release. “The only cause that could not be ruled out was spontaneous ignition, which occurs when materials with low ignition temperatures (such as wood, wood chips and mulch) heat up and ignite. automatically”

The fire department said firefighters were able to leave the scene permanently on Tuesday, November 8, nine days after the blaze started.

“The owner and employees of Evergreen Recycling played a vital role in helping to control the fire and its eventual extinguishment,” the Sedgwick County Fire Department said.

Evergreen Recycling lost approximately $1 million in raw wood products to the fire. The Sedgwick County Fire Department said it is still compiling information to estimate the cost associated with the fight to extinguish the blaze.

“The (Sedgwick County Fire District 1) Fire Prevention Division will work with Evergreen Recycling to make changes to the size of combustible material piles, fire breaks, water supply and other preventative measures that will help prevent or lessen any future fires more quickly,” the fire department said.

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