SW Wichita Building Fire: Damage in the Millions

Ted Woodward
January 16, 2018 - 2:54 pm



A building fire caused extensive damage Monday afternoon at Fleet Maintenance near West Street & 30th Street South; arriving fire crews could see the heavy smoke from a quarter-mile away.

There was a partial collapse of the building towards the end of the incident. It started as employees were working on a big rig, a tractor-trailer truck fueled by compressed natural gas. At some points, there was a malfunction or a leak of the gas, reaching a flammable ignition source, most likely the heater inside the building.

Three employees were hospitalized; two of those victims were treated for first- and second-degree burns, and released.

This fire caused $2.25 million in damages.


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