UPDATE: House Fire In East Wichita Declared Arson

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Authorities say arson was behind a Thursday house fire in east Wichita, which resulted in two minor injuries.

Crews were called around 4:25 a.m. to a triplex at 6233 East Eilarts, near Kellogg and Woodlawn. Initial reports indicated someone might be trapped inside. But authorities revealed later a 13-year-old girl started the fire in a basement, then ran away with her boyfriend. The girl's grandmother reportedly lives in the building.

A battalion chief told KAKE's Jordan Shefte two people were treated for smoke inhalation.

Firefighters were able to keep damage at the brick building to a minimum.

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