Homeless man loses everything in a fire caused by his candle

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A homeless amputee has lost nearly everything he owned – including his prosthetic legs – after a candle he was using to stay warm started a fire in a Topeka storage facility.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the blaze, reported at 12:42 a.m. Tuesday, caused $135,000 in damage at AAA Self Storage. A local advocate for the homeless says the man had been living in the storage units for two months.

Advocate Justyn Hosman says the man lost “everything but himself and his wheelchair.” Hosman says he saw a melted prosthetic leg at the fire scene.

He says the unidentified man lost his legs several years ago when he was struck by a train near the Topeka Rescue Mission.

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