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Investigators: Extension Cord To Blame For S. Wichita House Fire

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Sunday, January 2, 2011
Update

Investigators say an extension cord is to blame for a house fire overnight. It broke out around 12:45 a.m. Friday, destroying a home on the 1800 block of S. Oliver. Now five people are beginning the New Year homeless.

Brian Weeks, who was a resident of the home, said donations to help the family can be mailed or dropped off at Pine Valley Christian Church, 5620 East 21st Street North, Wichita, KS 67208.

Weeks said "donations of clothing, toys, money or anything will help." Weeks, his wife and roommates shared the home in the 1800 block of S. Oliver.

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December 31, 2010
UPDATE

Investigators say an extension cord is to blame for a house fire overnight. It broke out around 12:45 a.m. Friday, destroying a home on the 1800 block of S. Oliver. Now five people are beginning the New Year homeless.

"There was nothing but smoke. I couldn't even open the door without gasping," said Brian Weeks, a resident of the home.

Weeks says when he saw flames pouring from his house, he went into a panic.

"I didn't know what to do. I felt out of control because there was nothing i could do to stop it," said Weeks.

Weeks and his wife, along with another family renting the house, got out safely. Weeks went to the hospital with minor smoke inhalation but no other injuries were reported.

Weeks says he noticed the fire because he was awake unusually late.

"We would have lost our lives, so we're pretty darn lucky that we were awake last night," said Weeks.

They're also lucky they got out quickly, according to firefighters, who say the flames were so large crews had to battle them from the outside. Investigators say it all started with an extension cord in the garage, but soon spread to engulf the entire structure.

"The fire attack team said that you could hear the fire just roaring in the back side of the house, so it got going fairly fast," said Wichita Fire Department Shift Commander Brad Boyd.

The fire spread too quickly for residents to save much from the home, including two pet cats that died in the fire.

"It's been tough and it's going to be tough going down the road, but I think we can handle it. I think we'll be alright," said Weeks.

And rather than letting the fire ruin a new year, those living in the home say they're using it as a clean slate.

"If everything happens for a reason then I'll just have to accept it and hope that what comes next is good," said Weeks.

Fire investigators say the home is a total loss with damage estimated at around $75,000.

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An early morning house fire in southeast Wichita kept fire crews busy Friday morning.

The fire started at a home in the 1800 block of South Oliver at about 12:45 Friday morning.

When fire crews arrived they found smoke and flames coming from the home. Everyone inside was able to make it out safely.

Fire crews were forced to exit the structure and fight the fire from the outside on the defensive.

Investigators say an extension cord probably caused the blaze, which started in the garage of the home. Damage is estimated to be a total loss at $75,000.


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