Man taken to hospital after incident at central Topeka apartment building

A man was taken to local hospital for evaluation following an incident Monday afternoon at a central Topeka apartment building. (Phil Anderson/The Capital-Journal)

A man was taken to a local hospital by ambulance early Monday afternoon following an incident in which the fire-sprinkler system was set off at a central Topeka apartment building, authorities said.


Police and fire crews were sent about 1 p.m. to the Polkview Apartments, a three-story brick building at 1321 S.W. Polk.

Upon arrival, crews reported no fire, but did say the fire-sprinkler system in a second-floor apartment had been activated.

Fire department officials who investigated the incident said a resident of the building apparently knocked off a sprinkler head in his unit, causing water to spray out of it.

Facebook Live video from the scene.

Fire crews were working on “cleaning up” water in both the apartment where the sprinkler head was broken off, as well as the unit below it.

Police at the scene said the man who lived in the apartment had called 911 several times Monday, starting about 7 a.m.

Several fire officials and police officers talked with the man outside the apartment building for several minutes. The man then walked to a waiting American Medical Response ambulance and was to be taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

There were no reports of injuries or extensive damage from the incident.

Contact reporter Phil Anderson at (785) 295-1195 or follow live reports @Philreports on Twitter. Like him on Facebook at



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