UPDATE: Monday, December 24, 2012
The victims in Friday's house fire in southeast Wichita were two men ages 63 and 35.
Firefighters found the 35-year-old man in a back bedroom unresponsive and appeared to have suffered from smoke inhalation. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The 63-year-old man was found in the living room unresponsive and with severe burns. He was transported to a hospital where he later died.
The initial 911 call came from the 63-year-old man who said there was a fire with pets trapped inside the house. When crews arrived, neighbors alerted crews that two people lived at the residence.
Investigators have not yet determined the cause of the fire. The fire was mainly in the living room area and there were multiple space heaters inside the house.
Investigators estimate damage at $30,000.
The men are the third and fourth fire fatalities of the year. There were 8 fire fatalities in 2011.
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UPDATE: Friday, December 21, 2012
Fire investigators say the second victim died from severe burns following a house fire in southeast Wichita.
Family members say the second victim was a man in his 60s and had trouble walking. The first victim was a man in his late 30s and was the nephew of the older man.
The men are the third and fourth fire fatalities of the year.
The fire is still under investigation.
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Friday, December 21, 2012
One person is dead, and another has severe burns following a house fire in southeast Wichita.
According to Wichita Fire Chief Ron Blackwell, someone called 911 around 9:30 a.m. Friday to report the fire in the 2500 block of Twin Oaks Street, near Pawnee and Hillside. That caller said pets may be trapped in the home.
When Wichita firefighters arrived, they saw heavy smoke and flames coming from the porch area of the home.
Crews were able to quickly get the fire under control, but inside they found two men - one dead and one severely burned.
That man was rushed to a local hospital in extremely critical condition. His current condition is unknown.
The fire chief said the fire appears to have started in the living room of the home, where one of the victims was found. The other was found in a bedroom.
They still don't know what started the fire, but said there is extensive damage to the home.