Fire at historic Wichita building causes $1 million damage


Fire at a historic Wichita building caused one million dollars in damage.

Fire crews were called to the Occidental Hotel building,  106 East 2nd, before 6:00 p.m. Wednesday.  Painters working on renovations to the building saw smoke and called 9-1-1.  Firefighters have not said how the fire started.  

The Occidental building was built in 1873 and is considered one of the oldest and most historic building in Wichita.

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Wichita fire crews have contained a fire at a historic building in downtown Wichita.

The call came in around 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Emergency crews responded to a building fire on the 3rd floor of the Occidental Hotel building at 106 East 2nd street. 

A 2nd alarm was called for assistance at the scene.

The Wichita Fire Department says the 2nd and 3rd floors of the building are currently under renovation. Two painters who were working on the outside of the building noticed smoke and called for help. By the time fire crews arrived, flames were coming out of the windows. 

The building was built in 1873 and is considered one of the oldest and most historic buildings in Wichita.

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