Wichita family picking up pieces after fire destroys their home

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A Wichita family is left picking up what's left of their home. The house and nearly everything inside was destroyed after a fire broke out early Tuesday morning.

Erika Torres said she woke up to flames and smoke filling her house. "I was about to pass out, but my husband pulled me out," said Torres, "We barely got out."

All six people living in the home were able to escape. They were taken to the hospital abut quickly released.  

Torres said that while everything was destroyed in the fire, the important thing is that she has her family. "My kids are okay, and we are okay," said Torres.

The family is in need of items including blankets, clothing, shoes, and bedding. If you'd like to make a donation, contact (316) 393-9340. A GoFundMe has also been created. 


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Authorities say six people were hurt in an early-morning house fire in north Wichita.

Crews responded around 4:40 a.m. Tuesday at a home in the 3400 block of North Park Place – near 34th and Broadway. Battalion Chief Jim Wilson said they arrived to find heavy fire showing and requested EMS and additional engine companies. 

Six people, four adults and two children, got out of the home before firefighters got there. Wilson said two were in critical condition and four were in stable condition when being transported to a local hospital. 

Chief Stuart Bevis said he believes all six are doing much better. 

Bevis said the fire caused about $80,000 in damage. Investigators were still working to determine how the fire started. 

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