House Fire Started by Electrical Circuits

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Topeka Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 539 NE Wilson Avenue at approximately 9:30pm Friday, January 9, 2009. First arriving fire officials reported heavy smoke coming from the upper level of the residence.

A Primary Search of the residence was negative of any occupants.

The Topeka Fire Department Investigations Unit responded to this incident and assisted with an investigation; the investigation revealed:
• Cause (of this fire) – accidental; more likely than not associated with the failure or malfunction of electrical branch circuits within the area of fire origin.
• Origin – interior upper level (within) wall.
• $25,000.00 (twenty-five thousand dollars); $15,000.00 is estimated structural damage/loss and $10,000.00 is estimated content damage/loss.
• There were no reported injuries associated with this incident.