Ten Sleep FD fire hall destroyed by fire

Ten Sleep FD fire
Ten Sleep FD. Photo by Talon Wayne Loveless.

The fire hall and all five pieces of apparatus of the Ten Sleep Rural Fire District were destroyed by a fire Saturday night, The 300-person community is on Highway 16 in north-central Wyoming between Worland and Buffalo.

Ten Sleep FD truck destroyed by the fire. Photo by Talon Wayne Loveless.
Ten Sleep Rural Fire District truck destroyed by the fire. Photo by Talon Wayne Loveless.

The cause of the fire was a propane leak. Below is an excerpt from County 10:

Working with the State Fire Marshall’s Office the cause of the fire was determined to be from the weight of heavy snow on the roof of the fire hall. The snow fell through the roof and landed on a propane line, fracturing it and filling the fire hall with propane, according to [Washakie County Fire Chief Chris] Kocher.

“After the fire hall built up with a sufficient amount of propane, it was ignited with one of the appliances in the fire hall. This led to the explosion and the fire hall was then engulfed in flames, ” reported Kocher.

Ten Sleep Fire Department Fire Hall,
Ten Sleep Rural Fire District Fire Hall, before the fire. Photo from Google Maps.

Ten Sleep FD map

A Gofundme account has been established that hopes to raise $100,000 in donations to assist the department in recovering from their loss.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.