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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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