House fire in SW Topeka causes $350,000 damage

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The Topeka Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at 3340 SW Spring Creek PL. shortly after 4:30 a.m. on September 12, 2013.  The Fire Department arrived on scene and reported smoke visible, with heavy flames visible from the roof of the structure.  Further investigation by fire crews revealed that fire was located above the ceilings and within the attic spaces of the structure.

An attack on the fire was initiated and the fire was extinguished, keeping it contained to the structure of fire origin.  Substantial fire, smoke and water damage was noted throughout the remaining portions of the structure.  The structure was occupied at the time of the fire, with the occupants able to evacuate without incident.

A Topeka Fire Department Investigation’s Unit responded to this incident to determine the origin (where the fire started) and the cause for the fire.  The following is a brief summary;

Preliminary investigation suggests the fire cause to be more likely than not Accidental.

  • Origin of the fire was determined to be located on the rear exterior of the structure, in the area of a natural gas appliance.
  • Estimated dollar loss – $350,000 (Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars); $250,000 was estimated structural damages/loss and $100,000 was estimated content damages/loss.
  • Five (5) Engine Companies, Three (3) Truck Companies responded to the alarm along with One (1) Shift Commander, Two (2) Battalion Chiefs, One (1) Safety Officer and a Fire Investigator.
  • AMR and Kansas Gas Service also assisted with mitigation of this incident. No Injuries were sustained during this operation.

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