Mar 26, 2020 6:04 PM

One person dies after garage fire in Kansas

Posted Mar 26, 2020 6:04 PM
Fire crews on the scene of the fatal garage fire -Photo courtesy Wichita Fire Dept.
Fire crews on the scene of the fatal garage fire -Photo courtesy Wichita Fire Dept.

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

Just after 7:30a.m. Thursday, crews responded the fire in a detached garage at a home in the 4100 Block of West Douglas in Wichita, according to a social media report from the Wichita Fire Department.

At the scene, firefighters found a victim in critical condition. Despite life saving efforts, EMS pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

Authorities did not release the victim's name or additional details late Thursday morning.

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Group wants Riley County official gone over virus remarks
Marvin Rodriguez-photo Riley County

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — An activist group is pushing for the resignation of Riley County Commissioner Marvin Rodriquez over comments he made related to coronavirus and Chinese people.

The Manhattan Alliance for Peace and Justice said Monday that Rodriquez should resign for saying at a March meeting that Manhattan, Kansas, wasn't at high risk for the coronavirus because it doesn't have many Chinese residents.

The advocates contend such remarks fuel hatred toward Asians, by promoting a belief that China is responsible for the coronavirus pandemic. Rodriquez had earlier apologized for his remarks, saying he likes Chinese food and has Chinese friends.