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Faulty Box Fan Starts South Wichita House Fire

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UPDATE: Monday: July 9, 2012

Fire investigators said a faulty box fan started a house fire that injured
a father and his young son.

The fire broke out in 4700 block of South Main Street around 4:30 a.m. Monday.

Crews arrived to find heavy fire coming from the home. A family of four managed to escape, but a father and a 16-month-old boy were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Officials said the father suffered burns after running into the baby's room to get the child.

The two burn victims are expected to recover.

The fire caused about $45,000 in damage.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

A small child and his father were injured when their house in south Wichita caught fire this morning. Crews raced to the 4700 block of South Main Street at around 4:30 a.m. They found the family of four sitting on the porch and a small fire in the hallway inside the house.

“The adult male of the home had burns to his feet and hands and was transported by EMS and also had a small child that also suffered burns,” says Wichita Fire Capt. Darrell Scholfield.

The father ran into the infant's room to get the child, and that's how he got burned.

Firefighters credit working smoke detectors in the house for waking the adults. The man who was injured is in his twenties, while the child is reportedly about a year old.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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