An electrical issue is likely to blame for a fire that caused an estimated $165,000 in damage at a Maize duplex Saturday, a Sedgwick County Fire Department official said following a preliminary investigation.
Capt. Carl Warren said one of the families living in the duplex was in the garage when the fire started about 6:30 p.m. and managed to escape unharmed. Shortly after that, fire crews arrived to find flames spilling out of the windows and attic, he said, but they were able to extinguish them in about 15 minutes.
One side of the duplex at 316 E. Harvest has been deemed a total loss, Warren said. The other sustained substantial smoke damage.
Warren said that both families living in the home, including several adults and children, are receiving help and temporary housing from the American Red Cross.