A fire broke out Wednesday morning at Top of the World after individuals watching the lunar eclipse accidentally set off a fire, according to witnesses at the scene.
Kylie Kinley, an academic advisor at K-State, spotted the blaze while she was watching the eclipse this morning she saw a few fireworks and could hear “a pop and a flash”.
Ryan Spatz, sophomore in mechanical engineering, said as he was leaving the Top of the World when “some guys decided to light a firework”.
“I saw sparks in my rear view mirror and a couple of seconds later a hoard of people rushing toward a bunch of flames attempting to stomp it out,” Spatz said. “The wind then picked up and it literally spread like wildfire.”
Kinley said she called the fire department at 6:59 a.m and shortly after, a suburban vehicle from the fire department arrived on the scene and “a guy got out a fire extinguisher” and realized the fire was too big. Kinley said that as she was driving away, fire engines began showing up.
The Riley County Fire Department did not return a request for comment Wednesday.