Woman dies in west Wichita house fire

Published: Dec. 2, 2019 at 3:03 PM CST
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A woman died Monday afternoon in a house fire in west Wichita.

It happened around 2:30 p.m. in the 200 block of N. Elizabeth.

Wichita Fire Marshal Stuart Bevis said the woman's husband came home to the fire and smoke alarms going off. He called 911.

Bevis said the woman was in her 70s and on the second floor of the home. He said she also had mobility issues and could not self-evacuate.

Emergency crews pulled the woman out of the home not breathing. EMS attempted life-saving measures, but the woman died on the scene.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Investigators are looking at the possibility of oxygen being involved.

Bevis said the fire did a total of $30,000 in damage mainly caused by plastics/polyesters that burned to create heavy smoke damage.

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