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Fire damages Hutchinson dry cleaners

A fire damaged a Hutchinson dry cleaners shop Thursday evening.

Reno County emergency dispatch said firefighters were called to 1224 N. Main, Ineeda Cleaners, on the report of a building fire at 6:35 p.m. Flames had engulfed the roof of a small metal structure that houses a dryer and is attached to the rear of the dry cleaners when crews arrived, Hutchinson Deputy Fire Chief Doug Hanen said by phone.

Firefighters immediately called additional crews to the scene to help because of the size of the building and the fire, he said. The business had been open earlier Thursday, but no one was inside when the blaze was reported, he said.

The metal building has a roof, “then a gap and then a rubber roof and then a gap and a wooden ceiling,” Hanen said.

“The fire was inside those, so we had difficulty penetrating that to put the fire out.”

Despite challenges, crews extinguished the flames in about 45 minutes, he said. No injuries were reported.

Hanen said late Thursday the cause of the fire had not yet been determined. The state fire marshal’s office was expected to arrive in Hutchinson on Friday morning to assist with the investigation, he said.

An estimate of damage was also pending.

“I couldn’t even begin to guess with the amount of clothes in there,” Hanen said of the loss.

“I can just say it’s going to be significant.”

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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