Crews battle two-alarm fire in west Wichita
WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Fire crews responded to a two-alarm fire in the 3600 block of North Ridge Road. 911 dispatchers received the call about the building fire at about 11:45 Saturday night. First responders reported heavy flames coming from the roof of the building and a second alarm was called.
Battalion Chief Lane Pearman said a significant amount of fire made its way into an attic area of the small office building, causing the roof to collapse and injuring one firefighter. The firefighter was assessed by EMS at the scene and Pearman did not believe he was transported to the hospital. Another man, believed to be a custodian, was in the building when the fire started but was able to make it out safely.
Pearman could not say what businesses occupy the building at 3607 North Ridge Road, but said he believes at least four of the store fronts were being utilized. Crews were able to extinguish the bulk of the fire fairly quickly, but remained on scene putting out hot spots into early Sunday morning. The cause of the fire is not yet known.
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