A 70-year-old Wichita man died in a fire Sunday on the fourth floor of the Shadyway Plaza Tower.
Brad Crisp, Wichita fire marshal, said fire crews received the call of an apartment fire at about 12:20 p.m. Sunday. When fire crews arrived at the apartment complex at 1421 N. Spruce, they encountered light smoke in the fourth-floor hallway, Crisp said, and a large amount of smoke from an apartment.
“The individual who was in that apartment had made a phone call and reported his apartment was on fire,” Crisp said.
Another person was taken to Via Christi Hospital St. Francis for smoke inhalation and is in stable condition.
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The cause of the fire is under investigation. Damage to the apartment and contents is estimated at $6,000.
“It is always a challenge when there is a high rise and there are a number of people who need to be evacuated,” Crisp said. “When fire crews arrived, their priority is the safety of the people, but they also need to put the fire out.
“The crews did a great job. They were simultaneously able to rescue people and confine the fire to the apartment.”
Shadyway Plaza Tower has seven floors with 20 apartments on each floor. The fire alarm was activated five minutes after crews arrived, Crisp said.
The fire was contained to the living room in the one-bedroom apartment.
“We are looking at fire patterns to determine the area of origin and looking at what may be a probable cause,” he said.
More information on the fire and the victim’s name are expected to be released Monday.