66-year-old man killed in Wichita house fire

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

An official with the Wichita Fire Department says an extension cord malfunction caused a fire that killed a 66-year-old man.

The fire was reported at around 11 a.m. Saturday in the 3500 block of South St. Clair, near Kellogg and Meridian. When crews arrived, they found light smoke coming from the home and had to break down the door to get inside.

Once inside the home, firefighters found flames in the living room and an unresponsive man in the hallway of the home. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Lt. Jose Ocadiz said Monday morning that an extension cord was underneath numerous combustible materials in the living room, malfunctioned and caught fire. The fire caused $50,000 in damage.

The victim's name was not released. 

Lt. Ocadiz said Saturday's fire was the first fatal fire of the year. There were six in 2017.


Previous updates:

One person is dead following a house fire Saturday morning in the 3500 block of South St. Clair. 

Wichita Fire Chief Tammy Snow, tells KAKE News that a neighbor called to report the fire around 11:04 a.m. When crews arrived they found light smoke coming from the home, and had to break down the door to get inside. Once inside the home, firefighters found flames in the living room and an unresponsive man in the hallway of the home. 

The man was pronounced dead on the scene. Fire investigators have yet to determine the cause of the fire.


Sedgwick County dispatch confirms one person was killed Saturday morning in a house fire in Wichita.

The fire broke out at a home in the 3500 block of south St. Clair around 11 a.m. We do know the fire has been put out. We do have a crew headed to the scene. We'll update this story as more information becomes available.

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