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Mom, son remain critical after fatal Wichita house fire

Wichita firefighters at an early morning fire at 1343 S. Water where a 9-year-old boy died. (Nov. 12, 2014)
Wichita firefighters at an early morning fire at 1343 S. Water where a 9-year-old boy died. (Nov. 12, 2014) The Wichita Eagle

A mother and her youngest son remained in critical condition late Friday afternoon from injuries sustained in the previous day’s fatal fire in south Wichita, a spokeswoman for Via Christi Hospital St. Francis said.

The mother, 27, and her 3-year-old son were injured after a fire broke out about 4 a.m. Wednesday in their upstairs apartment in a two-story house at 1343 S. Water. The mother’s 9-year-old son was found dead in his bedroom, authorities have said.

A family member identified the 9-year-old as Jaden Nunn, who was a fourth-grader at Washington Elementary.

The cause of the fire at the 114-year-old frame house is still under investigation.

The Sedgwick County coroner hadn’t completed an autopsy as of Thursday, a county spokeswoman said.

If the autopsy confirms Jaden’s death was caused by the fire, he will be the eighth person and first child to die in a fire this year in Wichita, authorities have said.

Reach Rick Plumlee at 316-268-6660 or rplumlee@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @rickplumlee.

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