3 Hurt, Including 2 Kids, In NE Wichita House Fire

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UPDATE: Wednesday, October 2, 2013

A house caught on fire in northeast Wichita early Wednesday morning, leaving three people injured and the home extensively damaged.

Fire investigators said nine people were inside the house in the 4800 block of East Arlene, near 24th and North Oliver, when a neighbor reported the fire around 3:40 a.m.

"We were really scared and we didn't know what was happening," said Ashley Wilson, 11-year-old who was inside the home.

She said her siblings, ranging in age from one to 20 years-old, along with their father were inside the house sleeping when the fire broke out.

"Some of our windows busted and we couldn't see anything and we couldn't breathe either, and we left our little baby sister in there," she said.

According to Wilson, two of her older siblings went back inside the house to rescue the one-year-old.

Battalion Chief Kim Anderson said two of the injured people were children, while the other was an adult. The children are being treated for smoke inhalation.

The fire caused $60,000 damage to the home and $5,000 to its contents. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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