Wichita Fire Department names man found dead in Clark Street fire

Published: Aug. 30, 2016 at 8:38 AM CDT
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UPDATE: Wichita fire investigators have identified a man who died in a fire on Tuesday.

They say 39-year-old Mike Reynolds died in the fire along with two dogs and a ferret.

Reynolds' preliminary cause of death is smoke inhalation, but investigators are waiting on all test results for a final cause.

Wichita Fire Marshal Brad Crisp says the fire department needs the public's help identifying the people Reynolds had contact in the days leading up to fire. They would also like to talk to them.

Crisp says investigators want to figure out what state of mind Reynolds' was in, prior to the fire.

He says the fire was small and confined to a bedroom. He says it was smoldering when firefighters arrived on the scene and didn't require much to extinguish. No official cause has been given.

This is the third fire fatality in the city of Wichita this year.


A man died Tuesday morning in south Wichita.

It happened a little before 8 a.m. in the 1200 block of East Clark.

The Wichita Fire Department says one person with fatal injuries was found. Another person was evaluated for injuries.

Crews on scene said the man died from smoke inhalation along with his two pets.

The residence is a triplex, but other residents didn't smell the smoke. A neighbor called into emergency services because of a gas smell, but didn't know anything about a fire. Investigators say they didn't find a gas leak.

Fire caused about $5,000 in damage to the one unit. The other units weren't damaged.

Investigators have not released the man's name. The cause is still under investigation.