Fire at vacant house Thursday in central Topeka does $25K in damage

Topeka fire investigators on Thursday afternoon were looking into the cause of another fire in a vacant house, this one in the College Hill area.

 

Fire crews were sent around 12:50 p.m. Thursday to a three-story home at 1530 S.W. 17th.

The house appeared to be vacant, although transient activity was present, fire officials said.

No utilities were turned on inside the residence, said Topeka Fire Department Battalion Chief Stacy Howbert at the scene, and no working smoke detectors were in the house.

The estimated dollar loss from the blaze was $25,000, all of which was structural loss.

Preliminary investigation indicated the fire cause was undetermined.

Howbert said smoke and fire were showing on the first floor when crews arrived at the house, located directly north across S.W. 17th Street from Washburn University.

Smoke went through the entire house, Howbert said. Firefighters spent the better part of an hour ventilating the structure.

Investigators from the Topeka Fire Department and Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office were on scene.

Topeka has had a rash of house fires over the past few weeks in vacant homes across the city. Several of the fires have been determined to be intentionally set.

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