Jan 11, 2020 11:00 PM

Fire officials: Man critically injured in Kansas house fire

Posted Jan 11, 2020 11:00 PM
Fire crews on the scene of Saturday fire photo courtesy KWCH
Fire crews on the scene of Saturday fire photo courtesy KWCH

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man suffered critical injuries Saturday in a Wichita house fire, officials there said.

The fire was reported around noon Saturday in the southwestern part of the city. Arriving firefighters found the home and a car engulfed in flames, and crews soon found a man who had suffered burns and pulled him from the flames. The man was taken to a Wichita hospital in critical condition, officials said.

It took firefighters longer than expected to get the blaze under control, but officials don’t think Saturday’s wintry weather played a part.

“It probably slowed crews down a little bit, but roads were real well on my way down,” Wichita Fire Battalion Chief Jason Jones said.

Investigators are trying to find out what caused the fire.

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Police catch 2 drug suspects driving on the wrong side of Kan. road
Gutierrez photo Cowley County Sheriff 

COWLEY COUNTY — Law enforcement authorities are investigating two suspects on drug charges after a traffic stop.

On December 7, a police officer conducted a traffic stop on vehicle in the 500 block of North Sixth Street in Arkansas City for driving on the wrong side of the roadway, according to a media release.

The vehicle had three occupants.

During the traffic stop, the officer determined that the tag on the vehicle had expired and the vehicle had an open title that did not show proper ownership or proof of insurance.

Because the vehicle could not be operated legally on a city street, officers conducted an inventory of the vehicle prior to its being towed from the scene. During this search, they discovered items of drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine.

Further investigation led to the arrest of two of the passengers. Larry Charles Armstrong Jr., 37, Ponca City, Oklahoma, was arrested on requested charges of one felony count each of no drug tax stamp and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, as well as one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

They also arrested Jamie Hugo Gutierrez, 26, Ponca City, Oklahoma, on requested charges of felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Both Armstrong and Gutierrez remained in custody.