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A 2-story house east of Derby caught fire early today and it will be much later before Sedgwick County Firefighters can get in to investigate how it started. The alarm for the fire at 10219 E. 87th Street South came out at 1:44 a.m.
"Firefighters found a two-story, 3000 square foot, single-family dwelling with 75% (flame) involvement with heavy flames coming from the roof," Sedgwick County Deputy Fire Marshall Clint Reed said. "Firefighters did a 360 and realized they were unable to do an interior attack."
Reed said a large water-haul operation was set up using McConnell Air Force Base, Rose Hill and Mulvane tender trucks. "We had tenders hauling water from Derby as well as Sedgwick County."
The roof of the house collapsed. "We're unable to get inside to investigate the cause due to the damage done by the fire," Reed said.
When asked about the occupants, Reed said there was one person living in the house, and that person has not been contacted.
The damage estimate from Reed is between $250,000 and $300,000.
( Screen shot photos by KWCH-12 )