On Wednesday August 21, 2013 at approximately 11:45 hours, the Junction City Fire Department responded to the 700 block of North Washington for the report of a building fire at The Military Outlet store.
First arriving crews reported smoke showing upon arrival and began an offensive interior attack. First arriving crews entered through the front of the building which housed the Military Outlet on the first floor and Masons Temple on the 2nd and 3rd.
Crews encountered extreme heat conditions and were forced to withdraw and re-position to the rear of the structure. Additional crews performed search and rescue as well as ventilation operations. Fire attack crews then made progress releasing heat and smoke allowing crews to return to the front to bring the fire under control in approximately 2 hours.
This fire entailed a call back of Junction City fire personnel as well as mutual aid assistance from Fort Riley and Geary County fire departments.
No injuries to civilians or firefighters were reported. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Kansas State Fire Marshals Office. Preliminary loss estimates are over $ 300,000. Cause is unknown at this time.
This incident was mitigated under the direction of Battalion Chief Dennis Wetklow, with assistance from Fort Riley Fire Department, Geary County Fire Department, Junction City Police Department and Junction City Public Works.