Victim identified in Arkansas City fire

The blaze destroyed a group home

Arkansas City officials have identified the man who was killed Thursday in a fire at a group home for developmentally disabled persons.

The victim was identified as 32-year-old Andrew Goodnight.  He was found 40 feet from a back entrance to the duplex home, and he was taken to a hospital but efforts to revive him failed.  An autopsy will be performed but smoke inhalation is suspected as the cause of death.   Goodnight, who had Down syndrome and autism, was the only person who was unable to get out of the house safely.  One staff member was injured trying to help him escape.   

A firefighter was injured and two staff members were treated at the scene for minor injuries. 

The fire started in the attic area of the home at 6th and Maple.  It was owned and operated by Easterseals Capper Foundation, a Topeka-based organization that has several living facilities in Cowley County. 

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