Valley Center home left severely damaged by fire

Published: Jan. 5, 2020 at 4:31 PM CST
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Fire crews responded to a report of black smoke coming from a house in Valley Center.

The fire took place in a house on the 6800 block of W Glenda Street.

Sedgwick County Fire Department tells us one homeowner was inside of the house but was able to escape before the fire overtook the house. Firefighters were able to rescue eight puppies that were in the basement of the house, and they're all doing well.

Fire crews confirm the garage and attic sustained the worst damage, but crews were able to get the fire under control before the fire reached the main living area. They say it's too soon to tell just how extensive the damage is to the house, but Sunday night, the damage estimates total about $100,000.

Sedgwick County Fire Department recruited the help of other fire crews from Colwich, Valley Center and Wichita because of how heavily involved the fire was.

"Made an aggressive fire attack on it and was able to knock it down. Minimize the damage to the interior of the home. We do have extensive damage to the garage area and to the attic of the house, but we were able to save a lot of property," said Division Chief Tony Tracy of the Sedgwick County Fire Department.

The fire also spread to a fire in the driveway.

Across the road, Richard Walkup said he woke up from a nap to see the nightmare across the street.

"Someone started knocking on the door, desperately and said the house next door was on fire. I stepped outside, and I couldn’t believe what I saw. It was burning furiously about the garage, and I didn’t think they were going to get it out," said neighbor Richard Walkup.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.