Hutchinson Fire Dept. releases name of woman injured in house fire, explosion

Published: Aug. 4, 2016 at 2:58 AM CDT
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UPDATE: The Hutchinson Fire Department has released the name of a woman critically injured in a morning house fire and explosion.

Theresa Kappel, 47, suffered burns to her face and body in the fire.

She was taken to a Wichita hospital where she remains in stable condition.


A woman is injured after a fire and explosion at a home in Hutchinson.

It happened a little after 2 a.m. in the 1500 block of East 2nd.

The Hutchinson Fire Department says the woman was taken to a Wichita hospital with burns on her face and body. Firefighters say a man ran into the home, saved the woman, and then left the scene.

Leroy Ryan is a neighbor and says his wife woke him up saying she heard an explosion.

"I came outside and then I came down here and it was pretty much engulfed in flames," Ryan said.

Jeremy Unruh, Battalion Chief, says the woman was at a neighbors house when emergency services arrived, and began treatment before continuing her care at a hospital.

When fire crews arrived, the home was fully involved, so crews had to fight it from the outside. As of 5 a.m., firefighters had the fire under control and were working to put out hot spots.

"It was awful, she's lucky to be alive," Ryan said.

Unruh says the cause of the fire is undetermined, but they are not ruling out a gas explosion from a loose fitting of an interior gas line.

The home is most likely a total loss according to Unruh.