Smoke rises from a house fire in the 800 block of S. Topeka on Aug. 2, 2022. (Courtesy: KSN Meteorologist Warren Sears)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Wichita Fire Department battled a two-alarm house fire south of downtown on Tuesday morning.

It happened in the 800 block of S. Topeka Street. Fire officials tell KSN News that heavy smoke was pouring out of the boarded-up home when they arrived. Firefighters searched the house and found no one inside.

It took fire crews about 20 minutes to get the fire under control. Unfortunately, the home was a total loss.

“Fire got knocked down. Little bit of extension from the first floor to the second floor. Had some fire in the basement. Crews were busy working everywhere,” said Battalion Chief Terry Gresham, Wichita Fire Department.

Greshman says a second alarm was called because of the humidity and heat.