UPDATE: Monday, July 9, 2012
Fire investigators say a faulty power strip sparked a massive fire that destroyed a business and apartment in Delano.
Crews were called to the scene at Bullwinkle Tattoo, 929 W. Douglas, around 2 p.m. Friday. They arrived to find heavy smoke showing from the building, and called in a second unit to assist in the blaze.
Several witnesses reported hearing an explosion shortly before the fire broke out, but officials said it was likely a smoke explosion. The blast is caused by a build up in a certain area, similar a dust explosion at grain elevators.
Employees inside Bullwinkle Tattoo managed to escape safely. No one else was hurt.
The fire caused about $90,000 in damage.
Friday, July 6, 2012
Investigators are still looking for what set off an apartment fire in the Delano District Friday afternoon. Witnesses say they heard something explode moments before they saw smoke and flames.
The fire started on the second floor of the Bullwinkle's Tattoo building. The store owner, Dan McClure tells us the sound sent him running upstairs where he lives.
“I went upstairs and the hallway was filled with smoke and I came back down and smoke coming out of window that's when the fire department was called,” McClure said.
Once he made sure everyone was out the store safely, McClure said there was nothing else he could do but watch the fire and smoke tear through his home and business.
“Helpless, helpless but I mean what can you do? Just stand and watch it,” McClure said.
McClure tells us he first opened his tattoo shop 13 years ago.
“I just have always been an artist found this location after I moved to Wichita done a lot of work here, it's really sad. I hope we can re-open it pretty soon, I hope so," McClure said.
While his store might be open again soon, he says he's afraid he won't be able to save anything from his apartment.
Fire investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fire.
July 6, 2012
Wichita fire crews were called to an apartment fire near Douglas & Walnut Friday afternoon. That's in the Delano district.
A witness said he heard an explosion, then saw smoke and flames coming from Bullwinkles Tattoo.
Thick smoke could be seen coming from the building. The fire is under control and no one was hurt.