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Cause of fire in northwest Wichita unknown

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at 7:20 p.m.

Authorities on Saturday were still unsure what sparked a fire that destroyed the two-car attached garage of a northwest Wichita home and charred part of its kitchen.

Wichita Fire Investigations Lt. Joe Evans said the garage, which caught fire around 7:30 p.m. Friday, is structurally unsound, leaving investigators unable to safely search debris for the cause of the inferno.

Flames and smoke caused more than $200,000 in estimated damage to the garage and portions of the house, 10408 W. Bartlett Court, Evans said early Saturday evening.

“It could collapse at any time,” he said of the garage.

Fire crews dispatched to Bartlett Court found heavy smoke and flames rolling from the roof of the garage early Friday evening, Evans said. Firefighters first doused the flames from the exterior — at times spraying water from the street — then moved inside for an interior attack, he said.

The house is in a neighborhood north of 13th Street and just west of Maize Road. Evans said firefighters were able to keep the blaze from spreading to the rest of the house or to nearby homes.

No one was home when the fire started, Evans said. No injuries were reported.

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

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