Fire causes $1.5 million in damage to S. Wichita business

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Update: Tuesday, Jan. 16

A fire at a business in southwest Wichita causes around $1.5 million in damage.

Crews arrived to find heavy smoke coming from Fleet Maintenance, 3703 W. 30th St. S., Monday afternoon.

Employees were working on a tractor-trailer rig that was fueled by compressed natural gas when some type of malfunction or leak ignited the fire.

Three employees were taken to the hospital. Two were treated for second and third-degree burns.
Update 4 p.m.:

Wichita Fire Department Chief Tammy Snow says most of the fire to the Fleet Maintenance building (near 30th Street South and West Street) is out, but crews remain on scene to monitor for hot spots.

The chief confirms the injuries to three people at the scene are minor.

Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire reported a little after 2 p.m. Monday.

Snow says employees of the truck maintenance facility were working on an 18-wheeler when the fire started. Witnesses say they heard a loud 'bang' and then a noise that sounded like rushing air before seeing flames.

Everyone was able to get out of the building before firefighters arrived, Snow says. She says firefighters had to use extra caution with water from the hoses creating ice.


Update 2:53 p.m.:

A Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor tells us three people are injured at the scene of a fire at the Fleet Maintenance building at 3700 W. 30th Street South.

All three people injured received minor injuries. The dispatch supervisor says one of the three was transported to a Wichita hospital.


Crews with the Wichita Fire Department are on scene of a south Wichita building fire in the 3700 block of West 30th Street South.

the Wichita Fire Department reports a second-alarm fire with possible HazMat. We have a crew on the way.