fire en Fire Destroys Theater Housed In Historic Abilene Church <p>Officials say a fire destroyed a theatre housed in a historic church in Abilene.</p><p>No injuries were reported after the fire Wednesday night at the Great Plains Theatre.</p><p>Dickinson County Emergency Management Director Chancy Smith said the theatre was a total loss. He says no one was inside the building at the time of the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.</p><p>The building housing the theater was built in 1881 and served as the First Presbyterian Church for years and was later converted to a live theatre.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:52:14 +0000 Associated Press 37967 at Wichita Fire Dept. Unveils New Fire Engine Fleet, New Firefighters <p></p><p>The Wichita Fire Department unveiled nine new fire engines and a new ladder truck -- replacing part of an aging fleet. The department also has hired 17 new firefighters. KMUW's Carla Eckels has more...</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fire Marshal Brad Crisp says the new equipment will help improve service and enhance safety. He says the new engines look slightly different.</span></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Carla Eckels 36530 at Wichita Fire Dept. Unveils New Fire Engine Fleet, New Firefighters Tips For Keeping Safe From Holiday Fires <p>The Wichita Fire Department reminds residents to be aware of potential fire hazards with Christmas trees and decorative lighting during this holiday season. Last week, a candle fire in south Wichita damaged a home and claimed the life of a family pet.</p><p>Bob Thompson is the Wichita Fire Department's Chief Prevention Officer, he says the candle was burning too close to a Christmas tree.</p><p>"As a result, the tree was ignited by the candle, the family was displaced and they lost a pet," he says.</p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 11:54:12 +0000 Carla Eckels 9873 at Tips For Keeping Safe From Holiday Fires Top Morning News 12.14.12 <p><em>&nbsp;Date for the governor's State of the State address is set; Koch Industries announces large expansion; Fire safety reminders during the holiday season.</em></p><p><strong>Brownback&nbsp;To Deliver State Of The State Jan. 15</strong></p><p>Governor Sam Brownback has chosen January 15 as the date to deliver his annual State of the State address to a joint session of the Legislature.&nbsp;Brownback will outline his legislative agenda for 2013 one day after lawmakers begin the annual session.</p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 11:30:30 +0000 Briana O’Higgins 9875 at Top Morning News 12.14.12 Wichita Issues Burn Ban (UPDATED) <p>UPDATE:</p><p>The Sedgwick County Fire Department has lifted the temporary ban on open burning effective Monday.</p><p>Should ozone levels become elevated again, a ban may be reinstated by recommendation of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the city of Wichita&rsquo;s Environmental Services office.</p><hr /><p>&nbsp;</p><p>On Friday the Wichita Fire Department announced an immediate burn ban on all current burn permits issued in the city limits of Wichita.</p> Mon, 02 Jul 2012 14:43:33 +0000 Briana O’Higgins 1679 at Wichita Issues Burn Ban (UPDATED)