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January 24, 2013

Fire heavily damages business in west Wichita

Fire so heavily damaged a west Wichita business late Wednesday afternoon that investigators say they can’t tell how it started.

Fire so heavily damaged a west Wichita business late Wednesday afternoon that investigators say they can’t tell how it started.

The fire broke out at Hanna Heating and Air in the 200 block of North West Street at about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, a Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor said. West Street was closed between Douglas and Second Street for a few hours as crews battled the fire.

“Due to the amount of fire damage and several potential ignition sources, we could not pinpoint an exact cause,” Fire Lt. Joe Evans said.

The fire started in the northeast quadrant of the building and caused $1 million damage to the structure and its contents, he said.

The blaze was reported extinguished just before 6 p.m., though a fire crew stayed on the scene through the night monitoring for hotspots.

West Street reopened for traffic in that area at 7:10 p.m., the dispatch supervisor said.

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