Local Firefighters Respond To Dozens Of Fires Overnight
WICHITA, Kan. - Local firefighters kept busy overnight as crews responded to at least three house fires and dozens of grass fires during Fourth of July celebrations.
Officials responded to the first fire at 11:45 p.m. Wednesday in the 1100 block of N. Cleveland. Crews said an alert neighbor saw the fire, and helped the family escape. Two adults and three children, ages 7, 5, and 2 were not hurt.
When crews arrived, they found the front of the home fully involved. The blaze quickly spread to the second floor. Firefighters managed to contain the flames about an hour later.
Investigators said fireworks started the fire, however it is unknown if discarded fireworks caused the blaze. Damage is estimated at more than $100,000.
Firefighters also responded to a second house fire in the 900 block of N. Brownthrush around midnight. No information on the fire is available at this time.
A third house fire broke out in the 4500 block of Brookhaven just before 1 a.m. Thursday. Firefighters said the back of the home caught fire. Crews knocked down the fire quickly. Two adults and one child were inside the home at the time, but managed to escape. The Red Cross has been called to assist the displaced family.
Damage estimates on the Brookhaven fire have not yet been released.
Sedgwick County firefighters responded to 128 grass fires overnight. Investigators said fireworks embers sparked most of the fires.