WFD: Deadly house fire cause ruled as 'smoking while on oxygen'

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Update - Feb. 12

The Wichita Fire Department has identified a man killed in a house fire on Friday as a 72-year-old Charles E Wilson.

Firefighters were called to a residence in the 3100 block of N. Woodland around 6:15 p.m. on Friday for the report of a fire.

The residence was described as a detached garage that had been converted into a single room apartment.

Crews found Wilson near the front door. The fire was contained to a recliner in the residence.

Firefighters ruled to the cause of the fire as accidental and say Wilson was smoking while on oxygen.

His death marks Wichita's third fire fatality of the year.


Update: The fire to a home in the 3100 block of North Woodland has turned deadly.

The call for the fire came in about 6:13 p.m. When Wichita Fire Department crews arrived, they found heavy smoke in the house, but no flames, Wichita Fire Chief Tammy Snow says.

Snow says while crews tried to find the source of the fire, they found a man in the house not breathing. That man died.There were no other injuries, Snow says.


One person is critically injured in a Friday evening house fire in the 3100 block of North Woodland Avenue, near 29th and Arkansas in north Wichita.

Crews with the Wichita Fire Department have put out the blaze. We have a crew on the way to gather further information.