Roof collapses as firefighters battle apartment fire

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Update: 5:30 p.m.

Fire crews say an apartment fire in west Wichita would likely have been able to be contained to one apartment had it not been so windy.

When firefighters arrived on scene there was heavy smoke and flames coming from the apartment complex.

Aspen Park Residents had to evacuate and additional fire units were called in to assist.

The roof collapsed, which caused firefighters to move into a defensive stance. Today's wind gusts made their fight that much harder.

"On a normal day when the wind isn't gusting the way it is, we'd probably have been able to mitigate it or held it in check at the apartment at the actual apartment that it was at but since the wind just drives it and pushes it extremely fast and like in this case just pushed it extremely fast in the attack area," says Chief Tammy Snow.

Officials say all 16 units inside the complex are now uninhabitable. No word on how many people were displaced.

Firefighters have yet to determine a cause.

Wichita fire crews are working an apartment fire in the 8400 block of west Central.

Sedgwick County dispatchers say the fire started around 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Aspen Park Apartments.

Residents have been evacuated as crews work to contain the two-alarm fire. No injuries have been reported.

The fire is now defensive. Additional units have been called in to assist.