Fires leave damage in Wichita, Hutchinson, Oakley

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WICHITA, Kan. - At least four separate fires broke out across KAKEland Wednesday night and Thursday morning. One person was hurt, and a family pet was killed.

In Wichita, two fires broke out several hours apart and about two miles from each other.

A house caught fire around 1:00 a.m. in the area of 11th and Green. One woman was taken to a hospital because of smoke inhalation. Family members later said she was doing well. A second person in the house escaped safely.

Firefighters say the flames were primarily in a front bedroom of the home. The fire caused an estimated $20,000 to $30,000 in damage.

A second Wichita fire erupted in the 2200 block of North Bluff around 6:40 p.m. Wednesday night. Pictures submitted by a KAKE viewer indicated a car was burned, and the garage had extensive damage. Dispatchers were unable to provide more details.

Hutchinson fire crews had their own challenge. A house caught fire around 6:30 the 500 block of North Kent Road, about one mile east of the airport.

A person at the house said the fire started as he changed a fuel pump in the garage, while a propane heater was going. The family living there escaped, but their dog was killed.

A fire department statement says the house is a total loss.

And in Oakley, a Kansas Department of Transportation shop was damaged by fire. The Logan County Sheriff's Office told KAKE it started around 11:50 at the intersection of highways 40 and 83.

No one was injured. The extent of damage and the cause of the fire are unclear.

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