March 11, 2021

Crews fight to contain large fire at paper recycling business in SW. Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – Update 6 p.m. Monday, March 8, 2021: What started as a…

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – Update 6 p.m. Monday, March 8, 2021: What started as a grassfire at about 3 p.m. Monday spread quickly once it reached the property for International Paper, a recycling business in the 4300 block of West 29th Street South (near West Street and Southwest Boulevard) in southwest Wichita.

The Wichita Fire Department said embers from the grassfire did not hit the building for the business, but recyclables outside caught fire and spread quickly with the strong wind. The fire reached the fence line of a nearby mobile home park, but no property damage was reported. There were also no injuries.

As of Monday evening, crews expected to remain on scene to monitor hotspots.

Crews with the Wichita Fire Department are on the scene of a large, 3-alarm fire at a paper recycling business in southwest Wichita.

Flames were visible from the fire reported a little after 3:30 p.m. in the 4300 block of West 29th Street South, near West Street and Southwest Boulevard. There are no reports of injuries as dark smoke bellowed from the facility. That smoke was visible from miles away in other parts of Wichita, including downtown.

Eyewitness News sent a crew to the scene to gather further information and to monitor the situation.

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