Resident of apartment hit by fire speaks out
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - After a fire engulfed an Aspen Park apartment building, Kyla Burkholder detailed the loss of her home, possessions, and a year’s worth of memories.
Her residence was one of sixteen that were lost in the three-alarm fire that broke out yesterday.
She said, “By the time I got here about 10 minutes later it was way worse than I actually expected it to be. I mean literally my whole everything is gone. My life was there.”
Her whole world changed very quickly and she told us about what the scene looked like when she arrived.
“It was chaotic, there were so many people, there was so much smoke. You couldn’t see anything.”
She wasn’t in the apartment at the time of the fire, but when she pulled in just 10 minutes later, she said, “My apartment was done. I knew it from right then. I broke down. I cried. I didn’t know what else to do.”
Her home, as well as 15 others residences, were engulfed in flames, and even though everyone was evacuated safely, she says that doesn’t lessen the blow.
“My heart is broken; my whole world is like crashed…I have no clothes. I have no nothing. Literally nothing. No bed. No toiletries. No nothing left.”
The apartment complex says the residents' leases are null and void as of midnight but they will receive a reimbursement for the remainder of the month, as well as all security deposits. At this time the complex is working with residents to relocate.