Crews investigate suspicious garage fire in SW Wichita

KAKE – April 15, 2014

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A garage is a total loss after a fire investigators are calling suspicious.
The fire broke out overnight at a home in the 4500 block of South Osage in southwest Wichita. Fire crews arrived to find heavy fire coming from the attached garage, but quickly extinguished it before it spread to the rest of the home.
There were no injuries at the scene but soon after, officers responded to a car accident near I-235 and West Street.
Inside the car was an 18-year-old and 12-year-old suffering from minor injuries. There were also burn holes in the 18-year-old’s clothing. Investigators are now trying to determine if they’re connected to the garage fire.
The fire caused an estimated $30,000 in damage to the garage.

By Stan Finger/Wichita Eagle:

Authorities say a garage fire and one-vehicle crash involving two boys early Tuesday morning in south Wichita appear to be related.

Arson investigators are looking into whether a garage fire at 4533 S. Osage early Tuesday morning was intentionally set. Two boys, ages 17 and 12, who live at that address were later involved in a crash in the 3600 block of South West Street at about 2 a.m. Tuesday, authorities said.

The boys had been arguing, Lt. Jeff Gilmore said, and the 17-year-old intentionally crashed into a utility pole intending “to kill both himself and his brother.”

The older boy told officers “God would decide who was evil and who would die,” Lt. Steve Kenney said.

Both boys were taken to a local hospital for treatment, and the older brother was booked into the Juvenile Intake and Assessment Center after he was released from the hospital.

The fire caused an estimated $25,000 in damage to the structure and its contents, fire Capt. Stuart Bevis said.

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