Natural gas leak in truck blamed for large Wichita fire that did more than $2 million in damage

Wichita fire Lt. Jose Ocadiz says employees were doing mechanical work Monday on a tractor-trailer fueled by compressed natural gas when a gas leak reached a heater inside the building and started the fire at Fleet Maintenance Inc. in the 3700 block of West 30th Street South. (File photo/Google Maps)

WICHITA — Authorities have determined the cause of a fire that caused more than $2 million in damage and losses at a truck maintenance facility in southwest Wichita.

Wichita fire Lt. Jose Ocadiz says employees were doing mechanical work Monday on a tractor-trailer fueled by compressed natural gas when a gas leak reached a heater inside the building and started the fire at Fleet Maintenance Inc. in the 3700 block of West 30th Street South. The Wichita Eagle reports that Ocadiz says that the blaze caused $1.5 million in damage to the building and $750,000 in losses the building contents.

The company fixes large trucks and semis. Owner Stan Furgason says the company employs 22, but not all worked on Monday.

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