House Collapses After SW Wichita Explosion

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) — Two separate agencies are investigating a possible explosion at an unoccupied southwest Wichita home.

"It appears that it exploded," Acting Battalion Chief Stacie Wespy said, "but that is to be determined."

Fire crews were called twice in about 90 minutes to the 1500 block of South Handley, near Harry and Seneca. Firefighters say the first call came in the 12:00 midnight hour; they found the house already collapsed, with a small fire to put out. A second call was sounded after 1:00 a.m., when that fire flared up again.

Firefighters watched the home until well after sunrise, to make sure nothing flared up again. Daylight showed the force of the explosion, as you could see through the back window from the damage.

Kansas Natural Gas plans its own investigation of what happened. Gas service to the home was shut off after the explosion.

Posted by: Nick Viviani