Pizagel's Owner Estimates 30 Day Closure After Fire

By: Justin Surrency, Nick Viviani Email
By: Justin Surrency, Nick Viviani Email

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Topeka firefighters endured a hectic beginning of the week early Monday, battling flames at a north Topeka home and a restaurant across town a couple hours later.

In the second of the two fires (read about the first here), an employee working at Pizagel's Pizza and Bakery spotted smoke coming from the roof of the store.

He called firefighters around 5:35 a.m. After searching the restaurant, they found the fire in the attic and were able to put it out quickly. An investigator determined the fire started up there as well.

The fire was classified as accidental, more likely than not caused by an electrical branch circuit.

The investigator estimated the blazed caused about $300,000 in damages -- $200,000 to the building and another $100,000 to the contents.

Owner Jim Burgardt says he estimates the restaurant will be closed at least 30 days.

No injuries were reported from the fire.


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