Firefighters blame discarded cigarette for Wichita apartment fire

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Fire investigators say an fire that caused millions in damage was caused by a discarded cigarette.

The broke out around 3:30 p.m. at Aspen Park Apartments on W. Central Saturday afternoon. When crews arrived the fire had already spread to the attic and later collapsed.

The fire caused $1.4 million dollars in damage to the structure and $150,000 more in property damage.

Investigators say 16 units are now unlivable. 

No one was hurt. 


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Multiple apartment units were destroyed in an apartment in west Wichita.

Crews responded to the fire around 3:30 p.m. at the Aspen Park Apartment Complex.

Wichita Fire Chief Tammy Snow said eight apartments were a total loss.

Tenants are getting assistance from the Red Cross.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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