Fire Downs Ad Astra Cluster In Hutchinson, KS
September 2, 2011 at 11:01 AM (PT)
A major fire in downtown HUTCHINSON, KS, this morning (9/2) gutted the studios and offices of AD ASTRA BROADCASTING destroying the building and its entire contents. all four of its stations -- Classic Rock KNZS, as well as KSKU, KXKU and KWHK.
Fire chief KIM FORBES told HUTCH.COM that the fire started sometime between midnight and 2am; there was heavy smoke and fire when crews arrived. Fire fighters entered the building from the back door but retreated when there was an explosion. Crews then reentered the building and had the fire under control by around 5a. The fire caused heavy damaged to the entire building and structural damage to at least one wall and the roof.