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Fire damages mobile home, displaces resident in south Wichita

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Saturday, March 9, 2013, at 10:30 p.m.

A Saturday afternoon fire at a south Wichita mobile home park charred a home, displaced its resident and left several cats dead, fire authorities said.

Fire investigator Chris Dugan said the mobile home, located in Lakeview Community, 1001 E. MacArthur, sustained $20,000 in structural damage. An estimated $10,000 in personal property also was lost.

The cause of the fire remained unclear Saturday evening, Dugan said.

The fire was reported shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday, a Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor said. Firefighters reported heavy smoke and flames coming from the home about five minutes later.

“When we pulled up the back one-third of the mobile home was on fire,” Wichita Fire Department Battalion Chief Tom Carney said. “Crews knocked the fire down fairly quickly.”

The blaze was under control by 1:34 p.m., according to the dispatch supervisor.

The man who resides in the home escaped injury, and firefighters resuscitated a dog trapped inside, Carney said.

The cats, however, perished, he said.

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

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