One injured in Kingman apartment fire, complex heavily damaged

One injured in Kingman apartment fire, residents lose everything
Published: Sep. 17, 2022 at 3:44 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - The Kingman Police Department confirms one person is injured after an apartment fire in Kingman, Saturday.

Chief of Police, David Lux, says around 8:18 a.m. Saturday, emergency services responded to a report of a 20-unit apartment complex fire at the Eagle Acres apartments in Kingman, Kansas.

Kingman Fire Department, Kingman Police Department, Kingman County Sheriff’s Office, Kingman EMS, Norwich Fire Department, Cheney Fire Department, Cunningham Fire Department, Kingman Health Department, Kingman Emergency Management, Pratt Emergency Management, and Rice County Emergency Management all responded to the fire to assist.

One person was injured and transported for treatment to a nearby hospital. Multiple local organizations are assisting displaced tenants and first responders.

In a social media post, Kingman EMS says firefighters were able to save a cat in the fire. Paramedics and EMTs administered oxygen. The cat was taken to a veterinarian for further care.

Some who lived at the complex say the apartments are unrecognizable after the fire.

“It looked like a warzone,” Richard Hein Jr. said.

“Like a bomb going off,” Peggy Culver said. “My mom’s van looks like a car bomb went off in it.”

And some say it’s a miracle everyone made it out alive.

“The fact that everyone made it out is just amazing,” Hein said.

“Incredibly thankful,” Doherty said. “All I lost was stuff, as a matter of fact, that’s the same for everybody all the pets got out, all we lost was stuff.”

How the fire started is still under investigation. More details will be provided by the Kingman Police Department at a later time.

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