Large house that left Topeka home in cinders found to be accidental
TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A large house fire that could be seen from at least a mile away and reduced a Topeka home to ashes was found to be an accident.
Just after 6 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 20, emergency crews were called to 1427 SW Tyler St. with reports of a large house fire.
When crews with the Topeka Fire Department arrived, they found heavy smoke and flame bursting from the home and began a defensive attack.
13 NEWS crews headed to the scene could see the fire from at least one mile away.
While most of the external fire was extinguished by 6:40 a.m., 13 NEWS crews on the scene observed firefighters continuing to battle the blaze inside the home.
Crews said the fire was kept contained to the home and a search of the building found no occupants had been inside.
Further investigation found that the fire had been accidentally started and cost the owners about $20,000 in damages. No injuries were reported as a result. Working smoke detectors were not found in the home.
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