The Wichita Fire Department is asking for the public’s help in the investigation of a fatal fire at a house in south Wichita.
The fire department was called to 1222 E. Clark, near Mount Vernon and Hydraulic, shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday when residents of the structure complained that they smelled gas, Wichita Fire Marshal Brad Crisp said Wednesday.
“As they were investigating the odor, they made contact with two other apartment occupants who related having nausea,” Crisp said.
Firefighters entered and discovered a body, Crisp said. The man has been identified as Mike Reynolds, 39.
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Crisp said an autopsy has been performed on Reynolds.
“Investigators are at the scene determining the cause of fire,” Crisp said. “The initial cause of death is smoke inhalation, but toxicology reports are being conducted.”
Crisp said estimated loss to the structure is $5,000 and an additional $5,000 to the contents.
“We are needing the public’s help in trying to identify anybody that may have had contact with Mr. Reynolds,” Crisp said. “We understand he may have had some visitors coming over to the apartment. We would like to speak to those individuals.”
People who may have information are asked to contact the Fire Investigations Unit at 316-337-9146.
Reynolds’ death marks the third fire fatality in Wichita this year.