A fire that started in bales of cardboard damaged a Dollar Tree store Monday night in west Wichita.
The fire started in pallets of cardboard stacked behind the store to go to recycling, and it quickly spread to the back wall of the strip-mall store at 6840 W. Kellogg, said Wichita fire Battalion Chief Frank Buck.
The Dollar Tree store is at the west end of a large strip mall anchored by Best Buy and Northern Tool and Equipment.
The fire was confined to the pallets of boxes and the outside of the structure. The store was evacuated and there was some smoke damage, but no fire damage inside, Buck said.
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Because it was a commercial fire, the department response was heavy with four engines, two ladder trucks and two rescue squads, Buck said.
Although the fire was out by about 7 p.m., Buck said the department expected to keep firefighters on the scene for several hours to make sure that any embers in the baled cardboard were extinguished.
“There’s still a lot of smoldering going on there,” he said. “We don’t want to have to come back here later tonight.”
He said the cause of the fire is not yet known but is under investigation.
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