Woman found dead in home after fire in SE Wichita

Fire at Harry and Rock Road
Fire at Harry and Rock Road(KWCH)
Published: Mar. 28, 2023 at 6:12 AM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Update: The Wichita Fire Department said the person found dead in a southeast Wichita home after a fire early Tuesday morning was a 65-year-old woman.

Wichita Fire Battalion Chief Jose Ocadiz said crews entered the two-story triplex and found a woman sitting in a chair.

“They were able to locate her within about a minute of entry and were able to remove her from inside,” Ocadiz said. “They attempted lifesaving measures with no luck.”

Ocadiz said there were no working smoke alarms n the home. He said a neighbor reported the fire after smelling smoke. The Wichita Fire Department said the fire was primarily contained to the room where it started.

One person was killed in an apartment fire in the 8300 block of E. Harry near Rock Road early Tuesday.

Crews responded to the fire just after 4 a.m. and found no fire showing from a medium-sized triplex. Once inside, they found smoke and a small amount of fire.

Inside, firefighters found a victim. They pulled the victim out and attempted life-saving measures, but the person was pronounced dead.

There was limited damage to the inside of the apartment, and the cause is unknown. All fire was contained to the single unit.