2 women still critical after Wichita officer found them on fire

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Two women remained in critical condition on Monday after a Wichita officer found both of them on fire Friday night.

This all happened just after 9 p.m. at a Los Reyes restaurant near 21st and North Waco. Police say an officer was driving by the restaurant when he saw a woman on fire who was running out of the building. After he helped her, she told the officer her sister was inside. That's when the officer busted in through the front door and got her out.

The two women were identified as Rosa Martinez, who a family member says is the owner of the restaurant, and Aurora Martinez-Perez. Capt. Jose Ocadiz with the Wichita Fire Department said Monday that women were still in critical condition.

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“We are very, very appreciative of the Wichita police officer and thank God for putting him in the right place at the right time," family of the two women said in a statement. "Because of him, we have our mother and aunt with us. He is an angel who God sent to help our family.”

Investigators were still working to determine the cause of the fire, but Capt. Ocadiz said the incident likely occurred near the stove. There was no damage to the restaurant.

One woman said of Rosa, "She's a good person. The food is good. She doesn't mind helping the community. I used to come here all the time to eat. She's a wonderful person, really." 

Police say the officer who helped save the women suffered minor injuries but is okay.  

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