Downtown high-rise has second fire in four days

KAKE – July 5, 2017


Fire developed early Wednesday at a high-rise building in downtown Wichita – the building’s second fire in four days.

Several fire crews were called to 150 North Main around 1:00 a.m. Both Main and First Street were closed, while firefighters brought things under control. No one was injured.

Michael McClellan told KAKE News he noticed smoke coming from the building while riding his bicycle in an alley. He said he was able to get inside, and feared a homeless person might be in trouble.

“There was a pile of clothes set on fire intentionally,” McClellan said. “And in the stairwell as well, there was a bunch of clothes on fire, too. So I got out, went across the street and used a phone to call the cops.”

Fire investigators have yet to confirm McClellan’s claim. But Wednesday’s fire follows another one at the same building Sunday afternoon. The Sunday fire left about $75,000 in damage, and a cause still has not been announced.

Wichita firefighters were busy with other fires Tuesday night. A home was damaged shortly after 10:00 p.m. on North Mars Street northwest of Maize and Maple. Crews had to put out a garage fire about 90 minutes later on Crestline Circle, near Maize and Harvest Lane. And around midnight, another garage fire was put out on East Mainsgate near 159th Street East.


Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
KSFFA’s Fire News Blog Home Page

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