UPDATE: Fire Where Man Found Dead Ruled Arson

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UPDATE: Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Investigators have determined that a fire where a man was found dead Tuesday was intentionally set.

"We found evidence to indicate that this was not an accident but there was nobody else there that we could identify other than the victim," said Wichita Fire Captain Stuart Bevis.

The fire started around 1 p.m. yesterday in an area between a house and truck in the 800 block of West Savannah.

Emergency crews found a 61-year-old man dead at the scene. His identity is not yet being released.

Investigators said the man had previously been involved in a relationship with the woman who lived at the home, but last week she had filed a protection from stalking order against him.

An autopsy will be conducted today.

The fire remains under investigation.

UPDATE: Tuesday, October 8, 2013

One person has died in a house fire in southwest Wichita.

The fire broke out around 1 p.m. in the 800 block of West Savannah. That's near Pawnee and Seneca. Authorities say the fire started with a car parked in the driveway, spreading to the garage and then into the house.

The flames then spread to the attic. One person was pronounced dead at the scene, but authorities are not saying if the victim was a man or a woman.

The woman who lives at the home had recently taken out a Protection From Stalking order on a man. In documents filed with the district court, she stated the man had threatened to kill himself.

Last week, police located the man and transported him to the hospital for treatment of mental health issues.

The temporary Protection From Stalking order was issued October 3. A hearing on the matter was scheduled for October 17.

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