WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita firefighters were sent scrambling Sunday, responding to numerous reports of homes and power poles catching fire.
But most of the “house fires” turned out to be something else.
Sedgwick County dispatchers sent firefighters to locations across Wichita and Sedgwick County from Haysville to Bel Aire.
Wichita Fire Department Battalion Chief Doug Winter said climate conditions contributed to the good-intention calls.
“The environment set up a situation with the weather, with the moisture and the sun coming out produced steam on the roofs. That’s what instigated all the calls,” Winter said.
There were 15 to 20 calls of that nature, said Winter.
“At a certain point during the day we modified our response,” Winter said. “We cut back on the number of units that were going to these types of structure fire when our resources were depleted for that short time frame. That way we were able to cover every location to make sure nothing was going on.”
Winter said he’s seen this type of situation several times during the year when there’s moisture in the air and the sun comes out.
It’s better to be cautious when you think there may be a fire. “It’s better to err on the safe side,” Winter said.
Between 2:04 and 2:25, firefighters were dispatched to a total of seven “house fire” calls. Most of those calls were found to be “roof steam” calls.
One call, reported in the 1300 block of W. 32nd Street South, turned out to be smoke coming from a barbecue grill.
The interactive map below lists the locations of the calls reported. The red map pins are reports of “house fires.” The green pins are locations where poles were reported on fire.