WFD: 6 hurt in Wichita house fire, smoke detectors not working

Update: 11:48 a.m.

The Wichita Fire Department says smoke detectors were not working in a house that caught fire early Tuesday morning.

Fire officials were called to the home near Broadway and 33rd St. N. around 4:30 a.m. They arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the home.

Lt. Jose Ocadiz, with the Wichita Fire Department, says six people were in the home - four adults and two children. Two were taken to the hospital in critical condition for smoke inhalation. The other two were taken for observation, All six have since been treated and released.

Ocadiz said there was a language barrier between the family and the responding firefighters. Others from the department were called in to help.

He said most of the damage is located in the southeast bedroom. The wind helped to spread the fire.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Damages are estimated around $80,000.

Update: 5:45 a.m.

Fire officials say six people were hurt in this fire, two of them critically.

In addition to battling the fire, crews had to deal with the wind, which was helping to fuel the fire. At one point, firefighters had to exit the home because of safety concerns.

The fire spread throughout the house, causing extensive damage. Crews are now working to put out hot spots and expect to remain on the scene for a few more hours.

Fire officials tell us a resident woke up and smelled smoke and was able to get out quickly.

Investigators are looking into what caused the fire and where it began in the home.
At least four people are hurt, two of them critically, after a house fire in N. Wichita early Tuesday morning.

Fire crews were called to the scene in the 3400 block of N. Park Place, that's near Broadway and 33rd Street North, shortly after 4:30 Tuesday morning.

They found heavy fire and smoke coming from the home.

Eyewitness News has a crew headed for the scene. Watch for updates as we get them on KWCH 12 and here on the KWCH 12 App.