As two brothers fight for their lives, a neighborhood comes together

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Neighbors are prepared to lend a helping hand as two brothers fight for their lives after a fire overnight in their home.

Michael Williams lives two doors down from the brothers in the 1700 block of North Bluff.

Monday morning, he recalled what he saw.

“Bunch of smoke coming out the house. Man, it was filling the whole block,” he said. “You look down the way and it was smoke everywhere, they ran in there and pulled them out.”

Williams says the two brothers are known for their garden.

“He was growing peppers, tomatoes, and stuff,” he said “I guess he was pretty much growing all his produce himself.”

The brothers would even share some of their food with people on their street. That generosity is just part of the reason Williams says that he plans to help them out with food once they’re released from the hospital.

“I’m gonna try to get food donations, whatever I can do to help them out, because I would want someone to do that for me if my house was burnt up.”

Officials from the fire department say one of the brothers was upstairs in the home when he heard the smoke alarm going off.

“He indicated that he was upstairs and heard the smoke alarm going off and heard his brother in the basement yelling about a fire. As he tried to assist his brother, he was overcome by smoke,” said Stu Bevis. “There’s significant injuries to be dealt with, could have been much worse, at this point–but at least now they have a fighting chance.”