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Family pets unaccounted for after early morning fire near downtown Topeka

Emergency crews were called to the 200 block of southwest Topeka Boulevard before 2:00 a.m....
Emergency crews were called to the 200 block of southwest Topeka Boulevard before 2:00 a.m. early Monday morning on reports of a large house fire.(Eric Ives)
Published: Oct. 25, 2021 at 2:46 AM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Topeka Fire Department said family pets living in a home that caught fire early Monday morning near downtown Topeka are unaccounted for.

Fire crews responded to the blaze around 1:55 a.m. at 218 SW Topeka Blvd. They found smoke and flames coming from the first and second stories of the home.

Three people inside the home made it out safely before fire crews arrived, but TFD said their three cats, a dog, and a bird were all unaccounted for. Two of the family members also ended up driving themselves to the hospital to be checked.

A woman from a neighboring home evacuated before firefighters were on scene. She was taken by ambulance to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

TFD said due to the amount of fire, they were not able to enter the home and it took them several hours to put out all the hot spots.

Fire investigators determined the cause to be accidental due to electrical system problems.

The home suffered over $13,500 in damage and the neighboring home had about $500 in structural loss from heat exposure.

TFD said there were no smoke detectors found inside either home.

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