UPDATE: Man killed in SE Wichita house fire identified

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WICHITA, Kan. -- Investigators have released the identity of a man who died in a house fire in southeast Wichita late last week.

The fire broke out around 5:15 last Friday morning at 844 S. Volutsia. A witness told KAKE News that she saw the fire and called 911. She said she tried to get to a man who was inside, but was unable.

When firefighters arrived, flames were shooting through the windows of the home. Once they got water on the fire, they were able to get inside and pull a man from the house.

He was taken to a local hospital in critical condition, but died a short time later. He's been identified as 95-year-old Charles Adams.

The fire was quickly extinguished, but a cat and a dog also perished in the fire. His 58-year-old wife is a school bus driver, and had left the house around 4:30 a.m.

The fire started in the living room or dining room near the front of the home.

The cause of the fire has still not been determined, but investigators are checking into possible recalls involving electronics near where the fire started. They have also been unable to determine if the smoke alarms were working.

Damage is estimated at $50,000 to the house and $20,000 to the contents. This is the sixth fire death in Wichita this year.

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