Building Total Loss In Electrical Shortage Fire

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Hoyt, Kan. (WIBW) - A building is a total loss after an electrical shortage fire in Jackson County Saturday night.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office received the call around 8 p.m. in reference to a fire at the Hoyt Pallet Recycling Center at11621 P4 Road, west of Hoyt.

The fire caused $250,000 in damages. The owner told 13 News it will take an estimated $140,000 to rebuild the facility again.

The company has another building to work out of, which was not damaged in the fire.

Owner Mike Corrigan said the employees that worked in the building as well as neighbors will help rebuild a new building.

"The bad thing is I don't have insurance, but I got 15 good employees and they're all going to help us," Corrigan said. "We're going to build it back and we will stay in business. I'm hoping to have this build before Christmas."

The fire was contained within the single building. Officials said the fire spread so fast there was nothing that could have been done.

Corrigan said a forklift filled with diesel fuel and several propane tanks were inside the building that contributed to the fire.

The Hoyt Fire Department, Mayetta Fire Department, Potawatomi Tribal Fire Department, Soldier Township Fire Department and Jackson County EMS were on the scene. The Kansas Highway Patrol and Hoyt Police Department also assisted.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office remained on the scene overnight. The Kansas State Fire Marshall arrived Sunday morning to complete the investigation.