One man was taken to Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis in critical condition with smoke inhalation after firefighters responded to a fire at around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at Willow Creek Manor, southeast of Lincoln and Oliver.
Wichita Deputy Fire Chief Tammy Snow said the fire apparently started in the man’s fourth-floor apartment, from which firefighters rescued him. She said firefighters evacuated the south end of the fourth floor and quickly contained the fire. Other residents were taken to activity rooms on the first floor, while others were allowed to stay in their apartments because the fire was contained.
Firefighters called for additional help to evacuate the elderly residents.
“This particular complex has a lot of residents with ambulatory needs,” Snow said. “...The first thing crews did was start addressing evacuation because of the needs of the occupants. We knew that would be quite a task.”
Snow did not know how many residents had been evacuated or how many live in the six-story independent living complex for seniors at 1301 S. Bleckley.
A second person was evaluated for smoke inhalation but refused treatment, Snow said.
The cause of the fire had not been determined late Tuesday, and no damage estimate was available.