Monday, July 4, 2011
Four early morning house fires keeping emergency crews busy Monday morning.
Fire crews responding to the first fire just before 1:00 Monday morning in the 500 block of North Edwards. When crews arrived they found heavy smoke and flames coming from an abandoned duplex in the area. Crews battled the blaze from the outside of the structure and were able to get the fire under control quickly. No one was hurt. Officials are still working to determine what caused this fire. This same duplex was the site of a fatal fire back in December of last year. Officials say they believe smoking started that fire that left 62-year-old Curtis Taylor dead.
Another fire keeping Wichita fire crews busy. Officials saying fireworks caused the fire in the 2700 block of West Crawford around 3:00 Monday morning. Officials say used fireworks in the back of a truck in the garage sparked the fire. Firefighters were able to contain most of the fire to the garage and no one was hurt. They say the fire did about $60,000 in damage to the structure and $30,000 in damage to its contents.
Crews responding to a house fire in Bel Aire just before 4:00 Monday morning. The fire started in the back portion of a home in the 4500 block of Eagle Lake Drive. No one was home at the time of the fire and no one was hurt. No word yet on what caused this fire or total damage estimates.
In Garden Plain, just after 6:00 Monday morning, crews arrived to find the back porch of a two-story home in flames. Investigators say an electrical malfunction may have sparked the blaze.