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Fire in northwest Wichita critically injures woman

Jacob Weston and Penny Kiryk

Fire in northwest Wichita critically injures woman

By Jacob Weston and Penny Kiryk. CREATED Dec 24, 2013

A woman was rushed to the Via Christi Hospital - St. Francis burn unit in critical condition Tuesday morning. Firefighters rescued her from a house fire in the 1500 block of N. Westgate, near 13th and Maize.

Wichita Fire Marshal Brad Crisp said a neighbor spotted the smoke and called it in just before 9 a.m. Firefighters were on scene quickly, removing the woman from the house and getting the fire under control.

Crisp said the fire was not large, and was contained to a main-floor bedroom. There was about $20,000 in damage to the home.

Investigators are still working to pinpoint what started the fire.