Overnight fire kills dog, causes $35,000 in damages

TOPEKA (KSNT) — Just before 11 p.m. on Saturday, the Topeka Fire Department received a call about a house fire at 1245 SE Pinecrest Drive.

Those inside the house smelled smoke and found it was coming from a bedroom in the northwestern side of the house. One person tried to put the fire out with water and a fire extinguisher, but it didn’t work to stop the fire. All the people escaped the house, along with one of the two dogs, and 911 was called.

When TFD crews arrived, they could see the flames and smoke from the street. They entered the house to perform a search and rescue and to put the fire out.

The second dog was found by crews inside. Despite emergency medical care, the dog died.

The Fire Investigation Unit says that preliminary investigation showed the fire was accidental and was caused by an iron.

The estimated total dollar loss is $35,000 ($25,000 in structural damages and $10,000 in content losses).

The Topeka Police Department, Kansas Gas Service, Westar Energy, American Red Cross and AMR also assisted at the scene.

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