Family displaced after overnight fire

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A Wichita family has been displaced after oil soaked rags caught fire in their garage early Wednesday.

The fire, in the 1500 block of North Judith, was reported at around 12:30 a.m. North Judith is just a few blocks northeast of 13th Street North and 119th Street West.

The garage was fully engulfed in flames when the first crews arrived. The blaze quickly spread to the inside of the home, damaging the family’s kitchen, living room and attic, Fire Inspector Kelly Zane said. Smoke damage was substantial throughout the entire home.

Firefighters had it under control in 22 minutes, but stayed at the house until just after 4 a.m.

The American Red Cross was called to help the family. The estimated damage cost is $130,000, which includes damage to two cars that were parked in the garage and are destroyed.

“The Fire Investigation Unit determined the cause of the fire to be accidental and the result of spontaneous combustion of oil soaked rags,” Zane said. “The occupants of the home had just finished staining some trim pieces a few hours earlier and had disposed of the rags in a trashcan in the garage.”

Nichole Manna: 316-269-6752, @NicholeManna