Archive for Thursday, August 11, 2011

Increase of structure fires reported in Wichita

August 11, 2011

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— The number of structure fires in Wichita has spiked this summer, and the hot weather could be part of the problem.

The Wichita Eagle reports that house and building fires jumped nearly 50 percent in June and July over the three-year average for the same period.

Fire Marshal Brad Crisp says the number of fires caused by electrical wiring climbed more than 25 percent, which could be because people are using more air conditioners and fans to cope with the record heat.

Fires started by lightning also nearly doubled this year compared with the three-year average.

There were also more fires started by children, from a three-year average of six fires to 21 this summer. Crisp said those fires are usually small but still pose a risk.

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