South Topeka house fire causes $71,600 damage

No injuries reported in late Wednesday blaze

A fire reported around 10 p.m. Wednesday caused an estimated $71,600 damage to a home at 824 S.W. 31st Terrace. (Phil Anderson/The Capital-Journal)

A fire late Wednesday caused an estimated $71,600 damage to a single-story home in south Topeka, authorities said.


No injuries were reported in the blaze, which was reported shortly before 10 p.m. at 824 S.W. 31st Terrace.

First-arriving crews found flames and smoke showing at the wooden-frame home.

Firefighters were informed that all residents were out of the house. Crews performed a primary search and confirmed all occupants were out of the residence.

The blaze was quickly brought under control, and firefighters were able to keep it from spreading to other nearby houses.

A preliminary investigation showed the fire’s cause was accidental and was associated with the malfunction of electrical branch circuitry.

The estimated dollar loss included $51,600 to the structure and $20,000 to its contents.

Three engine companies, one truck company, one aerial ladder company, one battalion chief, one shift commander and an investigator responded to the scene. An additional engine company and truck company also responded for assistance.

The Topeka Police Department, Kansas Gas Service, Westar Energy and the Kansas Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross also responded to the scene.

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