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Crews respond to smoky fire early Thursday at downtown Topeka church

Published: Dec. 10, 2020 at 7:28 AM CST
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Crews responded to a report of a fire early Thursday in a downtown Topeka church building, authorities said..

The incident was reported around 5:45 a.m. Thursday at the Inward Faith Outreach Ministries Church building at 625 S.W. Polk.

Crews were called after receiving a report of a possible fire at the building. The initial report stated that smoke could be seen coming from the roof of the building, said Topeka Fire Marshal Todd Harrison.

Upon their arrival, Topeka firefighters found light smoke coming from the front of the single-story brick building, Harrison said.

The blaze, which was in a fireplace, “smoked up the entire building,” Harrison said. The smoke then was escaping through the eaves of the roof.

The fireplace was in the right front portion of the building.

Harrison said the blaze was out when firefighters arrived on the scene.

Harrison said firefighters found one person inside the building. It wasn’t immediately known if that individual was supposed to be in the building.

Firefighters didn’t have to use any water in the incident, Harrison said. There was no property damage or loss associated with the incident.

Crews cleared the scene around 6:15 a.m.

No injuries were reported.

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