A fire Sunday afternoon at Mid Kansas Auto Auction had firefighters on the scene for several hours as they battled the blaze in the large building north of interstate.

According to a release from the Hays Fire Department, at approximately 2:47 p.m., the Hays FD was called to assist the Ellis County Rural Fire Department at the structure fire at 700 W. 48th.

Six Hays firefighters staffing two trucks and an air supply truck immediately responded. Hays firefighters established a water supply to the fire scene from a city fire hydrant more than 2,000 feet away.

The water supply was limited because of the distance from the fire scene.

Under the direction of the Ellis County Fire Department incident commander, Hays firefighters assisted in fighting the fire and cooling the nearby LPG fuel tank using hose streams and an aerial ladder stream.

All available off-duty Hays firefighters were recalled to staff two additional fire trucks to protect the city, as well as provide fire rescue service to the surrounding area while the Ellis County firefighters were working at the fire.

The last Hays fire crew left the scene at 9:01 p.m.

Hays Fire Chief Gary Brown said the rural fire department took the lead at the scene.

Mid Kansas Auto Auction was started in 2005 by Mark Ottley. On June 3 of that year, the first auction took place, with approximately 250 cars.

Dealers came to the location from Nebraska, Colorado and Oklahoma, according to past HDN articles.

The business is on 40 acres of ground, with the building making up 15,000 square feet.