Cause of fire at Sedgwick County Courthouse determined


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – An electrical short is being blamed for a fire at the Sedgwick County Courthouse on Saturday morning.

The fire was reported around 9:45 a.m. on the fourth floor. There were no injuries. The Wichita Fire Department arrived on scene and located and extinguished the fire within 30 minutes. The building was minimally occupied at the time of the fire.

“I noticed they had broken through the glass doors into our office. They broke into a couple of wooden doors that went into our board room. They broke through some wooden doors that go through the board room into the commission office,” said Sedgwick County Commissioner David Dennis.

A floor beneath the fire is a floor now in recovery.

“In my office, you will see everyone one of the ceiling tiles along the window have been replaced because they were all water damaged.”

Dennis’ office is looking better than it was last week.

“Actually, my office is directly below where the fire was located,” he says.

While the electrical fire was above the tiles in the county commission hallway and officials are unable to share pictures to this point, it is still easy to see where firefighters made their way through the third floor.

“You can see where they broke out the lock to the commission offices,” says Dennis.

Dennis says firefighters broke through locks and broke through some doors to make sure they minimized damage from the fire. Crews continued their efforts through the board room, breaking a lock that leads back to the commissioner’s hallway.

“I think we are probably going to get a new door there,” he says “You can see that it does not lock anymore.”

Commissioner Dennis is confident the ceiling tiles will be patched up soon as the work ahead, business as usual.

The total cost of damage is still being determined.

The fourth floor houses the 18th Judicial District Family Law Self-Help Center as well as Family Law Courts.


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