Residents escape attic fire Wednesday morning at North Topeka apartment house

Published: May. 25, 2022 at 7:44 AM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Residents of a North Topeka apartment house were able to make it outside safely Wednesday morning after a fire broke out in the building’s attic, authorities said.

The fire was reported around 7:35 a.m. at a two-story, wooden-frame apartment house at 1220 N.W. Van Buren.

Initial reports indicated light smoke could be seen coming from the structure’s attic area when firefighters arrived on the scene.

Fire crews could be seen entering and leaving the front -- or west -- side of the apartment house.

Other crews were battling the blaze on the back -- or east -- side of the house.

Two firefighters used a ladder to reach the roof on the east side of the building. One of the firefighters used a chain saw to make a vent in the roof to allow heat and smoke to escape.

Fire officials at the scene said the building had around six units.

No injuries had been reported as of 8:45 a.m.

The fire was believed to have been accidental and electrical in nature.

There were no immediate reports of a dollar loss in the fire.

Check later for more details as they become available.

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