Man hospitalized after apartment fire

Eagle Creek Apartments (KSN Photo)

WICHITA, Kansas – A Wichita man is in critical condition after his apartment caught fire early Friday morning.

Around 1:24 a.m., crews were called out to Eagle Creek Apartments on East Lincoln near Webb Road.

Battalion Chief Joe Bickle says a neighbor saw smoke coming from the apartment.

Firefighters found a man inside a bedroom over come by smoke.

He was taken to Via Christi for smoke inhalation.

Bickle says careless smoking is to blame, setting a recliner in the living room on fire and spreading smoke through out the apartment.

Firefighters were able to prevent flames from spreading to other units.

The fire caused up to $15,000 in damages. No one else was hurt.

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