Topeka woman escapes basement fire uninjured

TOPEKA (KSNT) – The Topeka Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire just after 11:00 Tuesday morning in the 1200 block of SW College Ave.

Crews on the scene tell KSNT News a woman was working at home when she smelled smoke as she was working in an upstairs home office. She went to investigate and found the basement engulfed in thick smoke. She exited the house and summoned the Topeka Fire Department.

Crews arrived and entered the smoke filled basement and quickly extinguished the fire. The thick smoke was then ventilated out of the house.

Early investigation indicates the cause of the fire to be electrical. The estimated amount of damage is $7,000.

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