Two people escape northeast Wichita house fire

By: Jason Tarr Email
By: Jason Tarr Email

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WICHITA, Kan. -- Two people escaped a fire late Friday night at a northeast Wichita home.

The fire started at about 11 p.m. Friday at a home in the 1600 block of N. Chautauqua St.

When firefighters arrived, there were flames coming through the front door and out of the side of the house, Battalion Chief Ernie Schuler said.

Initially there was a report that someone in a wheel chair may have been trapped inside. Crews aggressively searched the home and determined no one was inside, Schuler said.

Two people who were home at the time of the fire did get out safely. Crews were told there are four children who live at the home but they were not there when the fire started.

The Red Cross is providing assistance given the home is virtually a total loss, Schuler said. Crews estimate the fire did $50,000 in damage to the structure and $10,000 in damage to the content of the home.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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