Police Help Wheelchair-Bound Residents From Burning Home

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW-TV) -- Topeka emergency officials saved the day for two wheelchair-bound residents caught in a house fire Friday morning.

The Topeka Police Department was first on the scene at 1:15 a.m., helping the wheelchair-bound residents of the home get out safely. Fire crews then arrived to the home at 2041 SE California Ave.

When they arrived, fire officials saw heavy smoke and fire coming from the home. A Topeka Fire Department Investigations Unit determined the fire started within the centrally located northern bathroom, and extended into the attic. The cause is undetermined, but officials say more than likely accidental. No foul play is suggested.

Captain Dan Macke said the cold weather was another challenge crews had to overcome because water would freeze on the ground and make conditions slippery for firefighters.

The fire did an estimated $52,000 damage: $35,000 to the home and $17,000 in content damage/loss.

The Topeka Police Department, American Medical Response, Capitol Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, and the Salvation Army assisted with the fire and helping the residents.