Couple unhurt in west Wichita house fire

Wichita firefighters on the scene of a house fire in the 1200 block of N. Pine Grove Ct. on Thursday, NOv. 17, 2016. (Photo: KSN/John Asebes)
Wichita firefighters on the scene of a house fire in the 1200 block of N. Pine Grove Ct. on Thursday, NOv. 17, 2016. (Photo: KSN/John Asebes)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita firefighters battled a house fire in west Wichita Thursday night that left a home badly damaged. The fire started about 9:25 p.m. at a home in the 1200 block of N. Pine Grove Court.

Wichita firefighters and paramedics assist the victims of a house fire in the 1200 block of N. Pine Grove Ct. on Thursday, NOv. 17, 2016. (Photo: KSN/John Asebes)
Wichita firefighters and paramedics assist the victims of a house fire in the 1200 block of N. Pine Grove Ct. on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. (KSN Photo: John Asebes)

Wichita Fire Department Battalion Chief Brad Boyd said when firefighters arrived on the scene they initially were told to stand off due to a disturbance at the scene. Once firefighters arrived, they found the garage of the home fully involved in smoke and flames.

“We also witnessed two home owners, the occupants of the house, out on the ground,” said Boyd.  “They appeared to not be doing well, so we asked for an ambulance from Sedgwick County EMS to respond.”

Boyd said crews were able to knock down the fire quickly, and that the homeowners were not taken to a hospital for treatment. Firefighters also were able to find the family’s dog inside the house. He said the pet also was not injured.

A citizen is credited with assisting the elderly couple get out of the house.

While Boyd did not give a damage estimate, he did say the garage was badly damaged, and that there was smoke damage throughout the home. The fire did get into the home’s attic space.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.