Jan 21, 2020 11:00 PM

Cause of fatal Kansas house fire under investigation

Posted Jan 21, 2020 11:00 PM
Fire crews on the scene of Monday's fatal fire photo courtesy KWCH
Fire crews on the scene of Monday's fatal fire photo courtesy KWCH

SEDGWICK COUNTY— Authorities continue working to determine the cause of a fatal fire at a home in Wichita.

Early Monday, crews responded to a two-story residence in the 1800 Block of South Water in Wichita, according to Captain Jose Ocadiz

As crews were making their way to the scene, dispatch reported someone was possibly trapped, according to Ocadiz.  When crews arrived they found fire on the main floor and second floor.  Additional fire units responded to assist with search and rescue. They located a victim whose name has not been released. Two other family members were able to escape and not injured.

The fire started in the home's northeast bedroom, according to Ocadiz. 

Estimated dollar loss is $50,000 to the structure and $10,000 to contents.  It is the first fire fatality in Wichita this year. There were four fire fatalities in Wichita in 2019, according to Ocadiz.

Two other people were able to escape the home. Kohls says they are family members. Neither was hospitalized. No firefighters were injured. 

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Kansas woman due in court for alleged counterfeiting
Watterson photo KDOC

COWLEY COUNTY— A Kansas felon with previous convictions that include identity theft and forgery is now in jail for alleged counterfeiting.

Just after 3 p.m. January 14, police responded to a restaurant in Arkansas City for a report of a person later identified as 43-year-old Amy Watterson, who had attempted to pass fake money, according to a media release from police.

Although she left before police arrived, officers quickly located and arrested her. Officers found she was in possession of several bills of fake currency.

Further investigation determined she had attempted to pass the fake cash at multiple locations in the Arkansas City area, as well as in other jurisdictions.

“We are asking local businesses to be extra vigilant when accepting larger-denomination bills that potentially could be fake or counterfeit,” warned Police Chief Dan Ward.

 Watterson remains jailed on requested charges that include counterfeiting as well as one misdemeanor count each of criminal trespass, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of stolen property and theft.

Over the past ten years, Watterson has served prison time for arson, theft, burglary and for making false writing, ID theft and and forgery, according the Kansas Department of Corrections.

She is expected in court later this week on the new charges, according to district court officials.