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Fatal fire victims identified

WICHITA, Kansas - Fire investigators are looking for evidence and talking to witnesses about the events leading up to Tuesday's fire that killed four on Goebel Street.

On Wednesday, officials with the Wichita Fire Department say the fire was not caused by a failure of the home's electrical system.

"We do know where the fire started, we're trying to eliminate all potential sources of ignition so that we can say with certainty what caused the fire," said Fire Marshal Brad Crisp. "There's many pieces to the puzzle and we need to find all those pieces and try to put them back in their correct location. We're missing a few pieces of the puzzle, we're working to finish those today and garner additional information so can complete the project."

Officials also released the names of all four victims.

They are 21-year-old Amanda Nichols and her 1-year-old son, Isaaca Nichols, and 27-year-old-Camaron McGowan and his 2-year-old son, K'dyn McGowan.

Crisp says the autopsies have been conducted, and all four victims had elevated carbon monoxide levels consistent with smoke inhalation.

The Wichita Fire Department is providing free smoke alarms and batteries to home owners who do not have one, thanks to a partnership with the Safe Kids Coalition, Scholfield Automobile Dealerships and Interstate All-Pack Batteries.

Firefighters will install them at no cost. 

Residents should call the department at 268-4441 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to set up an appointment.

Firefighters will also test existing smoke alarms for residents. 

Most smoke alarms need to be replaced after 10 years of use.

For information regarding smoke alarms and fire safety, please call 268-4441or visit www.wichita.gov.

 

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