WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — A fire caused $70,000 in damage to an east Wichita home on Saturday.

The house, located in the 500 block of Bleckley St., near Oliver and Kellogg, caught fire around 5 p.m.

According to Lane Pearman, Battalion Chief with the Wichita Fire Department (WFD), the fire appeared to have started in the far rear of the house. When firefighters arrived, they were faced with very heavy and aggressive fire conditions.

“[The house was] almost completely engulfed in fire,” said WFD Lieutenant Colby Roberson. “We stretched an initial line and went inside to fight the fire and were subsequently driven out by the heat and high fire conditions.”

Video taken from the north side of Kellogg Ave. at 5:13 p.m. (KSN Video)

Pearman said that the fire was so aggressive that three members of the fire crew were burned while attempting to advance the hose line through the front door.

“We have three firefighters that were transported to the hospital with moderate burns,” said Roberson.

“Primarily second-degree burns over a small area to the face,” said Pearson.

While one firefighter was initially considered in critical condition, WFD said all three have been treated and released.

According to WFD, the home was vacant at the time.

The cause of the fire is still unknown at this time, but WFD suspects that strong winds did play a role in the fire.