Drug Enforcement Unit Joins Camper Fire Investigation

By: KAKE News Email
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Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Update

Drug Enforcement Unit officers are helping the Hutchinson Fire Department in the investigation of a camper fire that injured two people, Hutchinson Police Department Sergeant Eric Buller said.

Jose L. Lopez, 45, and Lora L. Harp, 43, were living in the camper parked on the property of an acquaintance. Lopez remains in critical condition in the burn unit of Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis in Wichita. Harp was treated and released.

A passerby called the fire in to 911. The camper was a complete loss, Hutchinson Fire Inspector Tony Arpin said.

At least two space heaters were in the camper at the time of the fire, police said. But, there was also a propane tank full of ammonia at the scene. "It is illegal to have it, but we don't yet know if that is the cause of the fire because the fire department has not completed their investigation," Buller said.

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Monday, December 20, 2010

A camper fire sends two people to the hospital with burn injuries.

It happened in the 1100 block of E. 3rd St. around 8:30 a.m. Monday.

Investigators say Jose Lopez, 45, and a woman whose name was not yet released, parked their camper near 3rd and Bonebreak streets for the night. But the camper caught fire this morning.

Hutchinson Fire Inspector Tony Arpin said a passerby called the fire in to 911 dispatchers. Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and flames showing from the camper. The man and woman had made it out of the burning structure. Emergency crews rushed the woman to a Hutchinson hospital for treatment. The man was flown to Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis with severe burns to his torso.

The camper is a total loss. Arpin said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.


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