Commissioner looks into damage left by Sedgwick County Courthouse fire

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Wichita Fire Department successfully extinguished a fire that took place at a downtown building Saturday morning.

Multiple fire engines were dispatched to Sedgwick County Courthouse, 525 N. Main, for a high-rise building fire call.

Smoke was coming from the fourth floor as crews entered the building.

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

The building was mostly vacant at the time.

One Sedgwick County commissioner had to see the damage and his office for himself.

“I went on the third floor, that’s where my office is, and I’ve got quite a bit of water damage because the fire was directly above my office,” said Commissioner David Dennis.

He says his office did suffer water damage and there is still a strong smell of smoke, but overall feels fortunate no one was hurt and the fire was put out quickly.

“Actually, it wasn’t that bad,” said Dennis. “It’s probably over $100,000 worth of damage to the building. We’re not sure yet till we get some folks to take a look at it. It’s going to take some cleaning up.”

Sedgwick County officials say they hope to have the facility operational for business on Tuesday, January 21.

The official cause of the fire is under investigation by WFD and Sedgwick County Fire District 1.

Sedgwick County Division Fire Chief Carl Cox says as of now they believe the fire was started by an electrical short. They are hoping to release more information Tuesday, Jan. 21.

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