Apartment fire victim: ‘All of this stuff is replaceable, but we still have each other’


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Flames and thick black smoke were seen shooting from a west Wichita apartment Friday afternoon. That blaze rapidly spread because of the high winds. It displaced more than two dozen people.

Firefighters remain on scene, looking into exactly what caused the blaze.

Neighbors tell KSN they’re still in shock by how fast this fire moved and by the damage its left behind.

They say they’re thankful to be alive.

A alarm fire brought dozens of first responders to Raintree Apartments Friday. It started around 3 p.m. in building six and moved to the roof. Some residents didn’t know it started.

“Got my shoes and came out and there was a bunch of smoke and I was like, wow this is serious,” said Darrin McPherson, Wichita.

Darrin McPherson says his apartment has water damage and the ceiling is coming down. He spent the afternoon looking through his belongings.

“I’m still trying to see if there is stuff that I can save, but it’s just a lot of water everywhere,” said McPherson.

Brant Barnes was also impacted by the blaze.

“I was very worried about everyone living here, the pets, currently still looking for one of the pets as we speak,” said Barnes.

Wichita Fire Chief Tammy Snow said the fire spread fast, but they were able to get it under control. She said 28 people were displaced, but there were no injuries.

Residents say they’re thankful tonight.

“All of this stuff is replaceable, but we still have each other,” said Barnes.

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