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Some residents displaced by fire are refugees

Published on -8/28/2013, 8:17 AM

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- Some of the 70 residents left homeless by a fire at a Wichita apartment complex are war refugees from Myanmar.

Five people were injured, none critically, when Tuesday's fire heavily damaged a building at the Ashley Lane Apartments in Wichita.

The Episcopal Wichita Area Refugee Ministry says eight families with a total of 28 people were among those displaced by the fire. Most lost the few possessions they owned.

Executive director Shannon Mahan says the ministry helped bring the refugees to Wichita after they fled Myanmar and applied for refugee status.

She said one of the displaced is 16 weeks pregnant. The other families all have children under the age of 1.

The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/16Q8VUt ) fire officials say the blaze caused $1.75 million in damage.

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