Among Wichita grass fires, firefighters also battled apartment blaze

WICHITA, Kansas — A fire at the Pelican Point Apartments at 2150 N. Meridian forced the evacuation of residents Thursday evening.

The scene at Pelican Point has been cleaned up but it was a fire that left firefighters scrambling to get the blaze under control.

The fire broke out just after 6:30 p.m. in one of the upstairs apartments. Fire crews worked for about 20 to 30 minutes before getting the flames subdued.

Altogether, four apartments were affected by the fire with damages totaling upwards of $330,000.

With the abundance of fires throughout the area Thursday, fire officials say they had to pull in crews from everywhere to get this fire under control.

“We had units from all over the city at this fire, so as the fires continued throughout the city, different units move up and go fight fire, it’s just a montage of crews here,” said Rich Harris, Battalion Chief for the Wichita Fire Department.

Fire officials are still trying to determine what caused the apartment fire but for the time being they are urging everyone to be cautious with these dry and windy conditions. 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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