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May 15, 2013

Mobile home in northeastern Sedgwick County destroyed in fire

An older-model double-wide mobile home that caught fire Wednesday in northeastern Sedgwick County has been deemed a total loss, a county fire official said.

An older-model double-wide mobile home that caught fire Wednesday in northeastern Sedgwick County has been deemed a total loss, a county fire official said.

Earlier in the day, a man was “salvaging the axels out from under it (the mobile home) with a grinder or cutting torch,” then left the property, 5804 E. 109th St. North, about 11 a.m., said Buddy Pressnell, division chief for Sedgwick County Fire District No. 1. Around 1:45 p.m. a passer-by saw fire and called 911.

Pressnell said when fire crews arrived nine minutes later, the “house was totally destroyed.” No one was home at the time, but a dog chained outside died after it was unable to escape the blaze, he said.

The fire was out shortly after 2:30 p.m., according to Sedgwick County dispatch.

The cause of the fire and a damage estimate are pending, Pressnell said.

The house is about six miles north of Kechi, just west of 63rd Street East (Woodlawn).

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