Cold Weather Fires Keep Firefighters Busy

By: Jennifer Bocchieri Email
By: Jennifer Bocchieri Email

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Sunday was a day Wichita fire crews would like to forget.

Wichita crews were called to fight eight fires in eight hours. At least three of the fires were weather-related and could have been avoided.

The most damaging was a fire in the 13600 block of Highland Springs Court in northwest Wichita. Investigators said a heat lamp inside a dog house caught fire, spreading to the home's back porch, and ultimately causing $250,000 in damage. The family's dog died in the fire.

Another fire is blamed on a faulty chimney and a third blamed on a wood burning stove left unattended.

Firefighters typically see a spike in fires during the first cold snap of the season.

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