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Fire causes $180,000 in damage at southeast Wichita home

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, at 6:24 p.m.
  • Updated Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at 1:36 p.m.

A fire that caused $180,000 in damage to a three-car garage attached to a south Wichita home early Friday afternoon was likely ignited by accident, a Wichita fire investigator said.

Lt. Kelly Zane said the exact cause of the blaze was ruled undetermined due to heavy fire damage, but investigators think an extension cord, a freezer or car that had just been driven may be to blame.

One person suffered minor injuries in the fire but refused treatment at the scene, a Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor said Friday afternoon. No one else was hurt.

The fire was reported at 12:21 p.m. at 9319 E. Pebble Brook, northwest of Pawnee and Webb. Zane said one of two people home found smoke and heat after opening a door and called 911. Firefighters extinguished the blaze by 12:50 p.m. by dousing the flames from both the interior and exterior of the house, Zane said.

The fire was contained in the garage and an overhead attic. It caused an estimated $120,000 in damage to the structure and $60,000 to the home’s contents, Zane said.

Contributing: Stan Finger of The Eagle

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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