2-Alarm Fire Caused By Resident Smoking While On Oxygen

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

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UPDATE: Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A resident smoking while on oxygen led to a two-alarm fire at apartment building Tuesday night.

It happened around 9:30 Tuesday night at Willow Creek Manor, a senior living apartment complex located in the 1300 block of South Bleckley.

According to Wichita Fire Department investigators, the fire started in the apartment of a 58-year-old man. He was smoking, in bed, while on oxygen.

He tried to put it out himself but was unsuccessful and called for help. He was later transported in serious condition for smoke inhalation.

Another resident was also taken to an area hospital. Both are now in good condition.

Residents of the apartments, many of whom are in wheelchairs or are disabled, are angry about what happened.

Victoria Sloan is in a wheelchair. She was stuck in her second floor apartment. "He put a lot of people in danger," she said. "He knows not to smoke and run oxygen."

About 60 residents had to be evacuated during the fire, which caused about $25,000 in damage to the building and another $25,000 to contents.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Firefighters battled a two-alarm fire at a southeast Wichita senior living high-rise apartment complex Tuesday evening.

Crews were called to Willow Creek Manor in the 1300 block of South Bleckley Drive just before 9:30 p.m.

Smoke and flames were seen coming from the fourth floor of the six-story independent senior living center. Firefighters called in for additional assistance as rescue crews searched the building.

A 62-year-old man was taken to St. Francis with serious burns. Two others were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation, one in critical condition, the other in serious condition.

The fire was brought under control around 9:45 p.m. Other residents were being evacuated and checked out by EMS.

The cause of the is under investigation. A damage estimate has yet to be determined.

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