A combination of spilled gasoline and an electric space heater caused Thursday night’s house fire that sent two people to the hospital in critical condition, a Wichita fire officials said Friday.
Shortly after 7 p.m., two people were working on a gasoline-powered scooter in the attached garage of house in the 1500 block of Amsden, which is about half-mile south of Hydraulic and Pawnee. Vapors from some spilled gasoline were ignited by the space heater, fire investigator Donny Eckerman said.
The damage was estimated at $70,000 to the house and $25,000 to contents, fire officials said. Most of the fire was contained to the garage.
Both victims were taken by ambulance to Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis. A firefighter also was taken to the hospital for treatment. No information was available on the victims. Two other occupants of the house declined treatment.