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Sedgwick Property Owner Estimates Loss At $150,000

Posted 11/9/2017

By Pilar MartinDAVID Tarhini, owner of the salvage lot in Sedgwick that went up in flames two weeks ago, said he was shocked when he heard the news. DAVID Tarhini, owner of the salvage lot in Sedgwick that went up in flames two weeks ago, said he was shocked when he heard the news.

SEDGWICK—The owner of the property at 216 Washington St. that went up in flames Oct. 26 didn’t have a chance to visit the property until almost a week later, Nov. 1.

David Tarhini, who doesn’t live in Sedgwick, bought the property 10 years ago to store his collection of approximately 50 cars there. “Mostly BMWs and Porsches,” he said. Tarhini estimates the loss at a minimum of $150,000.

The fire broke out on Tarhini’s property after a small grassfire was reported south of the Sedgwick Fire Department by Tarhini’s property. High winds sent the fire through the vehicles stored there. It took crews from Sedgwick, Newton, Halstead, Hesston, and Sedgwick County two hours to get the blaze under control.

Tarhini was shocked when he received the call from Newton Fire /EMS Chief Scott Metzler. “He told me David, I have some bad news,” Tarhini said.

Tarhini does not understand how the fire could have happened.

“There is nothing alive in there to burn, no grass or anything,” he said.

The cause of the fire will likely remain undetermined according to Metzler.

In the past, Tarhini has donated vehicles to the fire and EMS departments so they can practice with jaws-of-life.

Fire Chief Sam Enterkin said at Monday night’s city council meeting that Tarhini had contacted him to let the fire department know they could use the burned vehicles for training.

“We have scheduled a training on Nov. 18,” Enterkin said. “Once we are finished with the cars, Mr. Tarhini has arranged for a contractor to come in smash the cars, and dispose of them. Mark Jacob has been hired to clean up the lot after the cars are removed.”