WICHITA, Kan. — One person suffered minor injuries in a fire at a south Wichita mobile home.
Crews were called to the 4100 block of South Hydraulic around 7:45 a.m. When they arrived, they found heavy smoke coming from a mobile home.
Everyone inside made it out, but one had to be taken to a hospital for smoke inhalation. Several cats were pulled from the home as well.
The fire department said the cause is still under investigation, but one of the mobile home occupants said a child found a lighter and may have started the fire.
A damage estimate is not yet available.
One family got a scare this morning after their seven year old son accidentally set his mattress on fire. Julie Copeland, the occupant of the mobile home, said "my oldest daughter came over and was yelling that they set the mattress on fire with a lighter."
Julie says she believes the child found the lighter somewhere in the living room. The family tried to fight the flames themselves but the flames kept growing. "We tried grabbing water from the sink in a pan and throw it on it and decided that very quickly that it had escalated and get everyone out."
There were four adults and four children inside the home at the time of the fire. Julie says there were also five cats. Firefighters recovered two. However, one of them was struggling. She said, " I'm hoping that they're okay and just hiding. I don't think she's going to be a lucky one."
Firefighters suggest hiding matches and lighters from small children. Wichita Fire Department Capt. Jim Heath said, "any kind of lighters or anything around the house you need to get them out of children's hands because they will find them and they will figure out how to use them."