Family escapes early morning house fire

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WICHITA, Kansas – A family of five made it out of their home early Friday morning after a fire broke out.

Fire crews were called to the home in the 3100 block of North Somerset around 6:30 a.m. where they found flames coming from the backside of the house.

Calvin Gibson woke up just in time.

“I got up and was starting to get dressed, and all of a sudden, I hear my wife out in the hall yelling that there’s a fire.”

The fire started in the living room and spread from there. The house sustained heavy smoke and fire damage.

“Pretty much everything in the upstairs is destroyed, the three rooms right here are totally destroyed.”

Upon further investigation, fire officials were able to determine the cause.

“The fire started in the living room and was caused by a 6-year-old playing with a lighter,” said Capt. Stuart Bevis, Wichita Fire Department.

Damage is estimated at $150,000.

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