WICHITA, Kan. - An early-morning fire interrupted a house party on Wichita's east side. But a working smoke detector stopped the party, so everyone could leave safely.
The fire broke out shortly before 1:00 a.m. Tuesday at 10921 East Fawn Grove Street, near the intersection of Kellogg and Greenwich. Things became so hot from there that a few drivers mentioned online they saw the house burning from the Kansas Turnpike.
Frozen hydrants and the gasoline in the car's tanks made things difficult for a while. Fire Lt. Lance Diffinbaugh says the cars had to be doused with a dry-chemical to extinguish them. He said the crowd in the basement added to the damage, perhaps out of panic. They left a garage door open, allowing flames to spread into the house.
Two cars in a garage were damaged. Damage to the house is estimated at $150,000. Damage to the cars including a late model Mercedes Benz estimated at $70,000.
Firefighters believe the blaze started in the garage, but an exact cause has not been determined.