Fire crews battle large house fire in east Wichita

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita fire crews battled a large house fire Tuesday afternoon. It broke out around 1:30 p.m. in the 13000 block of East Crestwood.

When fire crews arrived, heavy smoke was showing. As many as four crews battled the fire from inside the home.  Eventually, the heat inside made it unbearable, and the fire chief pulled all teams outside.

Wichita Fire Department Battalion Chief Jim Wilson said the family was not at home when the fire broke out. He said, however, a family dog perished in the blaze.

The attic on the east side of the home collapsed into the basement, Wilson said.

Wilson said the home to the east sustained some exterior and window damage. It took crews more than two-and-one-half hours to knock down the fire.

Right now, arson crews are inside investigating. The fire chief believes the house will be a total loss. No word yet on the dollar amount in damage.