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Familiar Firm Investigates Emergency Response to Fatal Brookhollow Apartment Fire

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) — The emergency response to Paoly Bedeski's 911 call on October 13, 2023 left his family and the community with many questions, such as why firefighters were never informed of the frantic call from Bedeski and why it took them 20 minutes to respond. find her.

Paoly Bedeski died that day in a two-alarm fire at the Brookhollow Apartments near Central and Rock Road.

Five months after Sedgwick County commissioners promised to review the response to the Brookhollow Fire, the Sedgwick County Bids and Contracts Board has voted to recommend a third-party firm.

Commissioners approved the $190,000 contract with Jensen Hughes. Half of that amount will come from the city of Wichita’s budget.

The contract was finalized on May 31 and a report is expected to be released in approximately 90 days.

This report will include a comprehensive analysis of the fire response from Bedeski's first 911 call to the time the last Wichita fire investigator left the scene.

This afternoon, 12 News spoke to the Bedeski family's attorney about this review.

“The Bedeski family is counting on the county to conduct a thorough and timely investigation while the family undertakes its own independent investigation,” the Bedeski family attorney said. “This dual effort aims to bring justice to Paoly and protect the community from future mistakes so that no family experiences what the Bedeski family had to endure.”

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