Fire Guts Unit At Belmark Apartments

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - An apartment fire gutted at least one unit at a Southwest Topeka apartment complex and is forcing several residents to find temporary shelter for the night.

Residents of the Belmark apartment complex at 1215 Polk Street noticed smoke and flames shooting out of one unit at about half past 7 p.m.

Fire crews arriving at the scene took about 20 minutes to extinguish the flames. The unit's resident was able to escape the fire and is unharmed. He refused medical treatment at the scene. No one else was injured, but at least six units are not inhabitable Sunday night, according to Battalion Chief Ron Hufford.

Apartment management and the Red Cross are assisting with finding temporary shelter for those residents.

The cause of the fire is under investigation - a damage estimate was not immediately known.