UPDATE: Weekend house fire ruled accidental

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WICHITA, Kan. — A fire over the weekend has been ruled accidental.

Investigators say the fire in the 2300 block of N. Poplar was caused by discarded smoking materials. Trash caught fire outside and caused damage to the home's exterior.

Damage is estimated at $19,000 to the structure and $1,000 to contents.

No one was hurt, but the Red Cross assisted one adult and two children.

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A family is coming together after a house fire heavily damages their mother's home.

The fire happened in north Wichita near 21st and Grove. It was reported by a neighbor who saw flames shooting out of the roof.

There are three people that live in the home, a grandmother and her two grandchildren, all of which were able to get out without injury.

One struggle for fire crews was that the fire was starting to spread to a neighboring house, but those flames were extinguished quickly. Most of the damage to the initial house fire was confined to the northern sections.

Tianna Tremble is the daughter of the woman who lives in the home. She received a panicked phone call from family that there was on fire. "I was nervous because all I knew was the house was on fire," Tremble said, "I didn't know if every body was okay."

Tremble says that all the support of family and friends is going to make this house fire easier for the woman and children that live inside to get over.

Fire officials on scene did not have a cause for the fire and a dollar amount for damage.

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Crews battled a fire Sunday morning at a north Wichita home.

The fire was reported around 8:30 a.m. in the 2300 block of North Poplar, near 22nd and Grove.

Lt. Gerald Johnson said crews saw flames on the exterior of the home when they arrived. The fire had also worked itself into the walls and the attic. However, they quickly got the fire under control.

The four or five people who were inside the home got out safely, Lt. Johnson said. No injuries were reported.

The cause is under investigation, and a damage estimate has yet to be determined.

The Red Cross was called in to assist the residents.

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