Officials investigate central Topeka house fire

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Multiple fire crews were on the scene Wednesday morning of a house fire in central Topeka.

Officials on scene tell KSNT News the fire started just after 11:00 in the 1400 block of SW Polk. When crews arrived on scene the back of the house was fully engulfed in flames.

One person was inside of the house at the time of the fire and was able to get out safely. No injures were reported. Fire officials say the house is an unlivable condition and is believed to be a total loss.

A house next door received minor damages from the fire but is reported to be safe at this time.

It took crews about an hour to put the fire out.

Officials said the cause of the fire is still undetermined, but it’s more than likely accidental, associated with a homemade heating device too close to flammable materials.

The estimated loss is $35,000 total: $20,000 to the house where the fire started, $10,000 in contents and $5,000 to nearby houses.

 

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