Kerosene Heater Blamed For East Topeka House Fire

By: Nick Viviani
By: Nick Viviani

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Topeka firefighters responded to a large fire in east Topeka late Thursday evening. Firefighters on the scene said it was caused by "improper use" of a kerosene heater.

Flames were shooting from the home in the 800 block of SE Bellview Ave. when fire crews got there shortly after 6:00 p.m., according to authorities.

The fire started in the front living room, firefighters said. They are calling it an accident.

One firefighter said the worst part of a fire like this is when the roof collapses and creates hot spots.

They said at least one man was taken to the hospital. The injuries are reportedly non-life threatening.

Firefighters appraised the damage to the home at approximately $1,170 and said around $2,000 worth of items in the home were destroyed.

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