Crews respond to fire to abandoned Treatco plant in N. Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Update 4:40 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020

Smoke continues to billow from an abandoned building in north Wichita. At about 4 a.m. today (Thursday), crews responded to the fire at the Treatco building, the site of what once was a dog-food-and-dog-treat plant near 21st and Broadway.

This isn't the first fire for the closed facility and the plan of attack this time around essentially calls for letting the building burn until the fire runs out of fuel.

As of Thursday afternoon, investigators hadn't determined a cause, but they're looking into whether it's similar to past fires at the plant.

"To my knowledge, there's not been any activity. The owner or his business may be here from time to time, but with the majority of the building being condemned, there's not supposed to be any real business going on," Wichita Fire Battalion Chief Stuart Bevis says. "So typically, what we've seen in the past is somebody who got in and caused the fire to occur."

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Wichita firefighters are battling a fire at the Treatco building Thursday morning.

Around 4 a.m., firefighters received a call about smoke showing from the abandoned building on north Broadway.

Multiple units responded to help control the fire.

The city says there is no immediate concern of chemicals. They say that residents should limit their exposure, especially sensitive populations.

Dispatchers are encouraging the public to avoid calling 911 in regards to the heavy smoke. Crews have the scene in hand.

The cause of the fire is still unknown, but we'll continue to keep you updated on Eyewitness News This Morning.