A pair of small fires in the city over the weekend didn’t take much time to extinguish and didn’t take much of firefighters time. Another fire Monday morning also didn’t take much time but two counties were involved.


A pair of small fires in the city over the weekend didn’t take much time to extinguish and didn’t take much of firefighters time. Another fire Monday morning also didn’t take much time but two counties were involved.

The first fire was Saturday night at 505 North Thompson. The resident was burning an old tree stump and had used kerosene to start the fire.

A neighbor saw the flames and called the fire department. Firefighters quickly assessed the situation and determined it was a controlled burn.

On Sunday afternoon, firefighters were called to a car fire at 823 South Ninnescah. Miguel Ibarra was working on the fuel filter of his 1992 Toyota when the car caught fire. Ibarra tried to put out the fire with a garden hose while his wife called the fire department. The garden hose was ineffective.

Firefighters had the fire out shortly after they arrived confining the damage to the engine area of the Toyota. The car was in a metal shed but the shed was undamaged and Ibarra was not injured.

The car’s motor had been missing and Ibarra was trying to fix the problem when the fire occurred.

On Monday morning, Cullison Firefighters, with assistance from a Kiowa County fire unit, extinguished a group of small fires on both sides of U.S. 54 about a mile and a half east of the Pratt-Kiowa County line. The exact cause of the fires is unknown but a vehicle throwing sparks is suspected. The fires were quickly extinguished although a Cullison unit was called back to the scene when one of the fires reignited Monday afternoon.