Fire damages Wichita business-apartment building

KAKE – March 31, 2014


Several units of a two-story Wichita building have damage from a late-night fire.

Firefighters were called shortly before 12:00 midnight to the House building, on East Douglas near Grove. The first floor of the building has had a law office and salon over the years. Fire crews were able to limit the damage to that floor.

But second-floor apartments have smoke damage…. and Battalion Chief John Turner admitted to KAKE there was concern fires might be hidden there.

“We have an older building,” Turner said. “We have metal ceilings that are tacked on to wood.” Those factors forced crews to take a little more time to check for hidden problems.

The American Red Cross helped apartment residents find other places to spend the night.

No one was injured. There was no immediate word about how the fire started.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

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