Deputies injured in southwest Wichita fire when trying to make arrest
Two Sedgwick County Sheriff's deputies were injured in a fire at a southwest Wichita mobile home Tuesday night.
The deputies had gone to the home in 2000 block of West MacArthur, near Meridian, to make an arrest on an outstanding warrant for a probation violation, Sheriff's Capt. Mark Pierce said.
When the deputies arrived, they spent about 5 minutes knocking on the front and back doors before there was an answer, Pierce said. When one of the three people inside answered the front door, they told the deputies that the person they were looking for was inside.
About 30 seconds after he opened the door, a fire started inside the home, Pierce said.
One deputy grabbed a fire extinguisher and tried to put out the blaze, but the flames were already out of control, Pierce said.
Firefighters were called to the home at around 8:15 p.m., Battalion Chief Sid Newby said. When firefighters arrived, they rescued one person from inside the burning home, Newby said.
Two people who had been inside were taken to Via Christi Hospital St. Francis in serious condition. One of the deputies was also taken to a hospital with smoke inhalation injuries; the other was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
One of the burn victims was the person the deputies were there to arrest, Pierce said.
Arson investigators are at the scene, but it is not yet known what caused the fire, Pierce said.