“Fire Line Do Not Cross” yellow tape surrounds the scene of a house fire July 24 at 621 S. Washington Ave. The fire was called in to 911 at 7:21 a.m. earlier that day, and firefighters discovered a man severely burned in the front yard upon arrival. That man has been identified as Dwight John Becher, 70, who died July 31 at a Wichita hospital. L&Tfile photo/Larry Phillips
By LARRY PHILLIPS
• Leader & Times
It has been confirmed a Liberal man severly burned in a house fire on July 24 died in a Wichita Hospital.
Dwight John Becher, 70, died Thursday, July 31, at Via Christi Hospital in Wichita, according to a death notice from Miller Mortuary, which is handling pending arrangements.
Becher was burned when his home at 621 S. Washington Ave, caught fire on the morning of July 24. The call came in at 7:21 a.m., and when firefighters arrived, they saw heavy smoke coming from the residence and Beecher was found in the front yard of the house severely burned and suffering from smoke inhalation.
It took firefighters about 20 minutes to douse the blaze, and four house pets were killed in the fire, according to a report from fire chief Kelly Kirk.
“The fire was contained mainly to two rooms of the residence,” Kirk reported at that time.
However, Kirk noted the cause of the fire is under investigation.
“Liberal Fire investigators, in cooperation with investigators from the Liberal Police Department and the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office are working to determine … the cause of the fire,” he noted.
“The fire is believed to be accidental, and while the area of origin has been determined, the cause remains unknown at this time,” Kirk reported. “Investigative efforts will continue to try and determine the exact cause of the fire.”
No further news has been released concerning the ongoing investigation.