Flames are seen behind the protective greenhouse structures at Mayhan Nursery on South Clay. The fire was contained in an RV and kept away from the other structures. L&T photo/Earl Watt
Firefighters save nursery
By JESSICA CRAWFORD
• Leader & Times
A Thursday evening structure fire at Mayhan Garden Center left an RV a total loss, however, firefighters were able to protect all surrounding structures from any fire damage. Aside from those involved in fighting the fire, no one was on the property, thus no injuries occurred as a result of the incident.
Liberal Fire Chief Kelly Kirk said firefighters arriving at the scene first found the RV to be fully engulfed in flames.
“The call was at 401 South Clay and we received the call at 5:12,” Kirk said. “The initial report was for a structure fire at Mayhan Garden Center. When our first unit got there, what they found was about a 30-foot fifth-wheel RV parked behind the Garden Center. It had made it through the roof and was basically fully involved.”
Other structures on the property had to be protected from the fire, Kirk said.
“There was a vehicle and another camper, then a shed and another greenhouse nearby,” he said. “They were close enough that they were exposures to the fire. Initially, we set up to protect exposures and knock down the fire.”
Although the fire destroyed the RV, Kirk said all other structures in the vicinity were most likely free of fire or heat damage.
“The camper is a total loss,” he said. “There was damage to the greenhouse where we opened up the greenhouse to make sure it hadn’t spread there, but there was no fire damage to it. None of the exposures received any damage. I did notice the other camper and the Blazer parked out there had some debris on them from where our fire hoses knocked charred wood and things like that on them, but I don’t think they took any fire or heat damage.”
The fire, Kirk said, will most likely be ruled as accidental. He added that a fire of this magnitude leaves little evidence for investigation.
“Unless other information comes in, it will be ruled, probably, as accidental,” he said. “The exact ignition source is undetermined. We can go back to the area and look at the batteries, propane bottles and air conditioners, but because of devastation, it is going to be difficult to tell exactly what the true cause of the fire was.”
No one was on the property at the time of the fire, so no injuries were sustained. Kirk said the cost damage is unclear at this time, but will most likely be determined by the insurance company at a later date. In his opinion, he believed the RV to most likely be a ’90s model.
“It was unoccupied at the time, there was no one on the property – it was bolted and locked up,” he said. “There were no injuries reported.”
Kirk said two pumpers and 15 personnel were on the scene to fight the fire.