Wichita building fire caused more than $2 million in damage

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

An official with the Wichita Fire Department says a two-alarm fire at a mechanic shop caused more than $2 million in damage. 

The fire happened Monday afternoon at Fleet Maintenance, Inc, at 3700 West 30th Street South. Lt. Jose Ocadiz said crews arrived to find heavy fire coming from the building.

Part of the building collapsed before crews were able to contain and extinguish the fire.

Three employees were hospitalized, two of whom were later released after suffering first- and second-degree burns. Lt. Ocadiz did not have information on the third employee. 

The fire was caused by compressed natural gas from a semi that came into contact with a heater. It caused $1.5 million in damage to the building and $750,000 to its contents.


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The Wichita Fire Department said crews are battling a two-alarm fire at a business on the city's southwest side.

Crews were called at around 2:30 p.m. Monday to a fire at Fleet Maintenance, Inc., in the 3700 of West 30th Street South, near West Street. The department said on in a tweet that firefighters reported smoke showing when they arrived on scene.

A second alarm with a possible Hazmat situation was called out a few minutes later.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

KAKE News has a crew at the scene gathering information. Check back for updates.

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