Girl arrested after starting house fire

Eilerts Fire

WICHITA, Kansas — Police have arrested a 13-year-old girl for allegedly starting a fire in the basement of her grandparents’ home.

Firefighters were called Thursday to a duplex in the 6200 block of East Eilerts about 4:30 a.m.

Investigators believe the teenage girl used gasoline and a lighter to start some clothes and other items on fire, then tore out a window screen, and ran away.

Her grandparents and another woman escaped the fire, but two of them were treated for smoke inhalation.

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