“Careless use of smoking materials” blamed for central Topeka blaze

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Published: Oct. 15, 2021 at 2:36 AM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Firefighters were called to the scene of a house fire in central Topeka around 12:30 a.m. Friday morning, officials say.

The Topeka Fire Department battled the blaze at a one story home at 1614 SW Buchanan St.

According to a press release, crews found smoke coming from a side window upon arrival and were able to contain the blaze to structure of origin.

All occupants were able to safely, self-evacuate and no injuries were reported.

According to TFD, a preliminary investigation found the cause of the fire to be “accidental, careless use of smoking materials.”

The home suffered an estimated $14,500 in content and structure loss.

No smoke detectors were located inside the building.

No other information has been released.

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