Investigators search for cause of vacant house fire

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Wichita firefighters spent a chilly Sunday morning battling a house fire just south of downtown. A house under renovation caught fire around 10:15 a.m. in the 1000 block of S Topeka. That's just southeast of Kellogg and Broadway.

Nobody was inside the house, and no firefighters were hurt. A neighbor said she is glad firefighters showed up as fast as they did.

"I'm glad my daughter was safe," neighbor Chasity Cook said. "She wasn't outside playing, or anything. That smoke, just inhaling the smoke alone is bad enough. I was choking, and I could feel the heat two houses down from that house. I'm just glad that we were all safe, and it didn't get any worse than it was."

The house was boarded up, which made it more difficult for firefighters to get inside. Investigators are now trying to find out what sparked the fire.

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