House catches fire near Wichita State University

WICHITA _ Firefighters have abandoned hope of salvaging a house that caught fire in northeast Wichita this morning, authorities said.

The fire at 2903 E. Maplewood, near 21st and Hillside and Wichita State University, was reported at 11:32 a.m., a Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor said. Firefighters have had to adopt a defensive posture with the fire, so it won't spread to surrounding structures.

Authorities are not sure if anyone is inside the house, the supervisor said.