1 dead in morning Wichita apartment fire

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – One person has died after an apartment fire in southeast Wichita.

Fire crews were initially called out to an apartment fire in the 9200 block of East Harry, near Harry and Webb, after a maintenance person first smelled smoke.

When fire crews arrived, they did not find an obvious fire, so they had to go searching through the Buttonwood Tree Apartment complex.

“They exited their rigs and started walking through the courtyards located the apartment from the ground, redirected and was able to initiate the fire attack,” said Battalion Chief Matt Bowen, Wichita Fire Department.

Investigators are still determining what caused the fire and have not yet identified the victim. The coroner is also on scene to begin the investigation into the cause of death.

Several neighbors in the area said they smelled smoke and came out to see what was going on.

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