Residents in Leon allowed to return home following evacuation

Residents of Leon have been asked to either evacuate or shelter in place due to a fire.
Residents of Leon have been asked to either evacuate or shelter in place due to a fire.(KWCH)
Published: Sep. 17, 2022 at 2:39 AM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - UPDATE - 3:45 a.m.: The evacuation/shelter in place order has been lifted in Leon. Butler County Emergency Communications says residents are allowed to return home and resume normal activities. No other information has been released about a cause for the fire, though crews remain on the scene as of this update.


Emergency crews have asked residents in the town of Leon to either evacuate or shelter in place early Saturday morning because of a structure fire on S. Main.

Butler County dispatchers tell us fire crews were called to the fire around 12:30 a.m. in the 200 block of S. Main. Fire officials called for evacuations around 45 minutes later because of the chemicals stored in the facility.

As of 2:15 a.m., residents who have already evacuated were being sheltered at Bluestem High School. Leon residents who have not evacuated are asked to shelter in place. Emergency officials want you to remain in your home with your windows closed and your HVAC systems OFF until the all-clear is given.

Affected residents will be notified by Reverse 911 when they are able to return.

We have not heard any reports of injuries.

We have a crew headed to the scene to learn more about what happened. Watch for updates on Eyewitness News Saturday Morning beginning at 7:00 a.m. KSCW and at 8:00 a.m. on KWCH 12.