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Family pets perish in SE Topeka house fire

Crews work to save a dog from a house fire at 3517 SE Girard St. on May 5, 2021.
Crews work to save a dog from a house fire at 3517 SE Girard St. on May 5, 2021.(WIBW/Phil Anderson)
Updated: May. 11, 2021 at 12:02 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Residents of a home in southeast Topeka were able to evacuate when it caught fire, but only one dog has survived.

The Topeka Fire Department says it was called to 3517 SE Girard St. in southeast Topeka with reports of a fire just after 11 a.m.

Upon arrival, crews found heavy smoke and flames coming from the house.

It said residents were able to evacuate, but only one dog survived the fire.

Topeka Fire Marshal Todd Harrison said one other dog and two cats perished in the fire, and a total of five people were displaced.

Harrison says a preliminary investigation indicates the fire was caused by unattended cooking and caused an estimated $15,000 in damage.

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