One Person Escapes Topeka House Fire, Treated For Smoke Inhalation

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW-TV) - One person was taken to a local hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation after escaping a house on fire at 1229 NW Van Buren St. just before 5 a.m. Wednesday.

Fire crews say when they arrived, heavy smoke and fire were coming from the front, east windows of the home. They had the fire under control by about 5:20 a.m.

A Topeka Fire Department Investigation's Unit evaluated the scene of the fire to determine the origin and cause. The preliminary investigation suggests the fire cause to be undetermined, pending further investigation.

Investigators say the fire started in the front, east living room of the house. It caused $26,000 in damage: $21,000 structural and $5,000 content.

TFD said three engine companies, two truck companies, one shift commander, a battalion chief, and an investigator initially responded to this fire.

The Topeka Police Department and AMR assisted the Topeka Fire Department.