None injured in yesterday’s building explosion

PHOTO By: Brian Burkett, Kansas First News

The Topeka Fire Department responded to a report of an explosion at 1115 N.E. Poplar Street, shortly before 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2013. First on scene fire officials confirmed an explosion had occurred.

Fire officials confirmed that a City of Topeka Water Pollution Control employee initially reported the incident as a possible explosion in the wash bay area of this address; the employee was also able to confirm that the structure was vacant at the time of the explosion.

The Topeka Fire Department’s Investigations Unit responded to this incident. The investigation revealed:
• Cause – remains undetermined at the time of this release
• Origin – suspended, natural gas-fired heater
• Estimated dollar loss – unavailable at the time of this release
• There were no reported injuries associated with this incident
• No foul play is expected

Prior to fire officials arriving on scene, Water Pollution Control employees reportedly extinguished a small fire at floor level within a drain.

Kansas Gas Service officials responded and assisted with the investigation. Natural gas has been ruled out as a contributing factor to this incident.

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