Laveana Comick said she isnt sure where shell go this weekend.
The American Red Cross Midway-Kansas has paid for the 26-year-old mother of four to live in a hotel through Friday and gave her food and a few supplies to start recovering.
But with Wichita fire investigators estimating her personal property loss at $20,000 after a fire destroyed her northeast Wichita house, theres still a long way to go.
We just lost everything, Comick said by phone. I dont know what well do.
Authorities said its unclear what sparked the blaze in Comicks single-story house late Tuesday, in the 2600 block of North Spruce, near 25th and Grove. Total loss is estimated at $80,000, including $60,000 in structural damage, Wichita fire investigations Capt. Stuart Bevis said Wednesday.
Comick rents the house. As firefighters inspected the charred remains of her home early Wednesday, she bowed her head and swiped at tears.
At least a quarter of it had crumbled.
My heart is broken, Comick sobbed.
We already didnt have much to begin with. I was trying, she said. My mom helps me a lot. But now I got to start all over.
Some callers to 911 feared young children were trapped when the fire started at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.
At least 40 firefighters and eight trucks responded but found no one inside.
We called in significant extra crews to perform an aggressive fire attack and search, Wichita fire Capt. Jason Jones said at the scene.
Comick, a certified nurses assistant, later said she was at work. Her daughters 8-year-old Nakayla, 5-year-old Tyra and 1-year-old twins, Amya and Ariyona were staying overnight at the home of Comicks mother, Jeanette Comick.
Authorities also received at least one call from someone who reported hearing an explosion at the residence. Jones said he was unable to confirm any explosion had occurred.
But Comick said she stored several oxygen tanks, used to treat a chronic lung disease suffered by one of her twins. She thinks they exploded.
Curious neighbors watched from their lawns and doorways as firefighters quickened the collapse of an exterior wall facing the street.
Prayers would help me out a lot, Comick said.