UPDATE: Hutchinson house fire victim dies

Published On: Aug 06 2014 07:38:20 AM CDT   Updated On: Jun 24 2014 06:51:05 PM CDT

UPDATE: A woman who was burned in a house fire in Hutchinson on June 18 has died.

The woman suffered critical injuries in the fire that destroyed her home.

Investigators determined the cause of the fire was a child playing with a lighter and lighter fluid.

A firefighter also suffered a back injury in the fire but is expected to be okay.


Investigators say a fire that destroyed a Hutchinson home on Wednesday  was started by a child playing with lighter fluid and a hand held lighter.

Judy King, one of the homeowners, was flown to a Wichita hospital, after suffering severe injuries in the fire.

The Hutchinson Fire Department says it will continue to work with the Hutchinson Police Department and Court Services on the fire investigation.

A fund to help the family has been setup at Bank SNB under the name, "King Fire Fund."


Firefighters rescued a woman from a burning home in Hutchinson Wednesday afternoon.

It happened in the 900 block of East Sherman just before 3 p.m. Crews arrived to find the home fully involved. Several people inside the home had gotten out, but they told firefighters a woman was still inside.

Hutchinson Fire Chief Kim Forbes says fire had consumed the home's porch and attic. A propane tank on the southeast corner of the home was also on fire. 

Forbes says the wind was blowing the flames from the front of the house to the back as crews rescued the woman from inside.

She was taken to a Wichita hospital by air ambulance in very critical condition.

A firefighter hurt his back while on the scene. Forbes says he does not believe those injuries are serious. Three other fire fighters were transported by EMS to the hospital due to precautionary environmental factors according to the Hutchinson Fire Department.

Eight units responded to the 2-alarm fire that took 30 minutes to control. The fire started on the porch but was pushed into the house by the strong south wind. Units remained on scene for 3 hours to monitor hot spots.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Fire investigators say the home is most likely a total loss. The loss is estimated at over $35,000.