Woman injured in Riverside area apartment fire dies

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Update - Monday

A woman hurt in a fire last week in the Riverside area has died from her injuries.

Wichita firefighters arrived to an apartment on North Nims Street Friday morning to see fire coming from a couple windows.

Crews found the 47-year-old woman inside and unresponsive.

No one else was hurt in the fire.

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Fire crews are on the scene of an apartment fire near north Nim street in the Riverside area.

Dispatchers got the call before 3 a.m. on Friday. When firefighters arrived on scene, they saw fire coming from a couple windows in the back of the building.

Firefighters entered the home which had been split into apartments and found a woman near the back in her 40's unresponsive.

Emergency crews transported the woman to the hospital in critical condition.

There were also several other people living in the other apartments. Fire officials say those folks made it out safely.

Investigators say because it is an old home that had been split into apartments, fighting fires in these types of structures can be very difficult. The fire can often be hidden due to the fire going up the walls.

"You have little voids that have been created. Hopefully, they're protected by Sheetrock or plaster in these older homes, but in other instances, things have been done--there's hidden fire. Fire runs through hidden spaces. Typically we can knock down a quickfire but then we'll find more and more traveling through," says Deputy chief Stu Bevis.

Fire officials are still trying to determine the cause of the fire.