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December 1, 2012

Fire causes $500,000 damage to warehouse on South Washington

A two-alarm fire caused $500,000 in damage Saturday morning and destroyed a warehouse on South Washington, near downtown, Wichita fire officials said.

A two-alarm fire caused $500,000 in damage Saturday morning and destroyed a warehouse on South Washington, near downtown, Wichita fire officials said.

The warehouse at Lewis and Washington contained auto and truck parts, including tires, and is expected to smolder all weekend, Battalion Chief Kevin Royce said. Crews will remain at the scene.

Smoke was reported coming out of the building shortly after 4 a.m. At one point 16 to 18 fire trucks were on the scene before the fire was brought under control at 6:30 a.m., Royce said.

Two of the walls eventually collapsed.

Investigators weren’t been able to get inside the building Saturday to determine the cause. Heavy machinery will need to be brought in to tear the rest of the structure down and move the debris, Royce said.

The warehouse was unoccupied and no one was injured.

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