Topekan Escapes Burning Home Through Upstairs Window

By: Nick Viviani
By: Nick Viviani
(WIBW/Brad Pacanec)

(WIBW/Brad Pacanec)

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- One person was forced to escape from an upstairs window to safety after a fire broke out at a central Topeka home on Wednesday. A cat apparently wasn't so brave and had to be rescued by firefighters.

Heavy smoke was pouring from the house, 1515 SW Fillmore, when firefighters arrived around 3:15 p.m. They were able to get the blaze under control by 4:00 p.m.

The person who got out through the upstairs window wasn't hurt nor were the seven other people who lived there, according to the Topeka Fire Dept.

Firefighters are now trying to determine what started the fire. They did say, though, that they don't suspect foul play. The fire is believed to have caused $35,000 in damage overall; $30,000 to the home and $5,000 more to its contents.

Posted by: Nick Viviani


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