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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - At a Noon news conference, WFD says they are still searching the area for any more victims.

Battalion Chief Lane Pearman told reporters that the search should be wrapped up by Monday evening. He says they are growing more optimistic that there will not be any more found bodies but he says there still is concern because of the reputation of the two buildings that caught fire.

"Both of those structures are well known to be locations where a number of homeless folks take up residence, and whatnot, the likelihood is and continues to be very high that there possibly were some individuals that were not able to escape.”

Pearman says this fire is a good example to other landlords about the importance of properly sealing their homes, if they are vacant. "If they've not sure how to properly secure the structures, they can contact the fire department offices and we can give them some information and and possibly some other resources on the proper methods to secure the structures but I gotta say, though, even when it's done properly, you know, you still have to pay attention, and because within a week or two or a month or so, inevitably, people will find their way back in.”


Original story

A 3-alarm fire broke out Saturday night engulfing two homes near Broadway and Murdock in Wichita leaving one dead.

Chief Matt Bowen says crews were alerted to the fire at approximately 9:40 p.m. Upon arrival, they discovered heavy fire coming from two homes near the intersection of Murdock and Broadway. The fire escalated to a 3-alarm fire which brought just over 40 firefighters to the scene. 

The two houses were destroyed and one person, who has not yet been identified, passed away in the fire.

The cause of the fire is still unknown and is under investigation.