Improper disposal of smoking materials caused North Topeka apartment fire

The fire did $1.5 million in damage, destroying one building, damaging another, and displacing ten families.
Published: Nov. 22, 2022 at 6:05 PM CST
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - There is new information on the North Topeka apartment fire nearly two weeks ago that claimed a man’s life.

Topeka Fire officials told 13 NEWS the November 10 fire was caused by improper disposal of smoking materials. They say the materials were left on a second-floor balcony at Woodland Park Apartments, and the fire spread from there.

42-year-old Brandon Harries was injured, and died five days later. Fire officials said he lived on the building’s third floor.

The fire did $1.5 million in damage, destroying one building, damaging another, and displacing ten families.