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Metal building catches fire at Joyland late Monday

Wichita firefighter Brock Johnson monitors the scene of an overnight fire at the former Joyland amusement park Tuesday morning. The fire was reported around midnight and firefighters found a storage building in the old Frontier Town area engulfed in flames. (April 26, 2016)
Wichita firefighter Brock Johnson monitors the scene of an overnight fire at the former Joyland amusement park Tuesday morning. The fire was reported around midnight and firefighters found a storage building in the old Frontier Town area engulfed in flames. (April 26, 2016) The Wichita Eagle

Wichita firefighters put out a fire overnight at a large metal building at 2801 S. Hillside, the former Joyland Amusement Park.

Fire crews responded to a call at 11:52 p.m. Monday about a fire at Joyland, according to a Sedgwick County dispatcher.

When crews arrived on the scene, they found a 100-by-30-foot building near the old railroad tracks on fire with heavy smoke, according to Jose Ocadiz, a spokesman for the Wichita Fire Department. They had to cut through some locks get inside, Ocadiz said.

“Becuase of the extent of the fire, they were not able to go to the interior and defend it,” Ocadiz said. Instead they surrounded the fire and poured water on it, he said, and eventually part of the building collapsed.

By 12:40 a.m. they had the fire under control, the dispatcher said.

As of Tuesday morning investigators were still waiting for the building to be safe before entering it and did not yet know what the cause of the fire was.

The old Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway caboose is moving from Frontier Town in Joyland to storage and restoration. (Mike Hutmacher, The Wichita Eagle)

The carousel that was an iconic fixture of the Joyland amusement park will have a new home at Botanica. (Oct. 16, 2015)

Oliver Morrison: 316-268-6499, @ORMorrison

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