UPDATE: Victim in Friday apartment fire dies

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WICHITA, Kan. - A man critically injured in a Friday apartment fire in east Wichita has died.

Wichita fire crews were called to the Eagle Creek Apartments on East Lincoln, near Webb, just before 1:30 a.m. The man in his forties was taken to the hospital for burns and smoke inhalation, where he later died.

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Fire broke out early Friday at an east Wichita apartment complex, leaving one man in critical condition at a hospital.

Crews were called around 1:25 a.m. to the Eagle Creek Apartments on East Lincoln, near Webb. Battalion Chief Joe Bickle says firefighters found a man in one unit overcome by smoke. That middle-aged man was carried out, and taken to a hospital with smoke inhalation.

Bickle says the apartment now is considered unlivable: Firefighters worked quickly to keep the flames from spreading to other units.

The fire seemed to start in a living room, then spread smoke to a bedroom. The cause of the fire was uncertain Friday morning.

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