WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita firefighters battled a house fire in southeast Wichita on Tuesday morning. The fire broke out in a single-family home in the 700 block of S. Edgemoor around 10:15 a.m.
Fire Chief Ron Blackwell told KSN that crews found a man dead inside the home. They also discovered the body of a German Shepherd near the body of the man. Blackwell said they have not yet positively identified the man. Both were discovered near 1:30 p.m.
Blackwell said firefighters were met with an “excessive storage condition,” forcing them to crawl over debris inside the home to search for its occupant. According to authorities, in hoarding situations, belongings sometimes fall on the victim, making it harder to find them, and they said that is what happened in Tuesday’s fire.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. The fire caused $70,000 in damage to the home and its contents.
Three firefighters received minor injuries while fighting the fire. One firefighter had to receive stitches.