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A 54-year-old woman was taken to a hospital to be checked for smoke inhalation after a house fire just south of downtown Wichita. The fire broke out around 1 p.m. Sunday in the 400 block of South Laura.
Wichita Fire Investigations Captain Stuart Bevis said flames were coming from the south side of the home when crews arrived. He said the fire started on the first floor and spread into an upper floor and the attic. It took time for crews to get to the fire because there were a number of rooms with items stored throughout the home.
The woman who lives in the home apparently tried to rescue several cats. She was declared to be in critical condition at the time because she had soot around her nose, and Bevis said there was concern about heat and smoke inhalation.
She was treated and released at a hospital.
The fire caused around $45,000 in damage. The cause was under investigation.