WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Four people were injured in an apartment fire early Monday morning.

Flames filled the stairwell of the Kingston Cove apartments as firefighters arrived at the fire around 3 a.m. Monday, near 27th Street South and McLean.

One person was critically injured and taken to an area hospital. Three others were treated at the scene with minor injuries.

A second alarm was called, which brought 45 firefighters from throughout the city to the scene to battle the three-story fire.

A resident living next door to the apartment that caught fire said he was watching a movie when he heard screaming. 

He credits the urgency of fire crews for keeping residents safe.

“He was telling me how there was a fire. I didn’t quite believe him,” said Francisco Espinoza. “I still was sketched out some, so I grabbed my phone, got a hoodie and looked out the balcony. The whole apartment was on fire.”

The cause of the fire is blamed on candles. One apartment resident took his dog out for a walk, and when he came back, his apartment was on fire.

A total of 12 apartments had fire, smoke and water damage.