1260 SW Washburn Ave. Street Structure Fire Incident (Detached Garage)

TOPEKA, Kan. –The Topeka Fire Department responded to a possible structure fire located at 1260 SW Washburn Ave. Topeka, Kansas shortly after 04:15 AM on Friday March 02, 2018.  Upon arrival, fire crews found heavy fire coming from a detached garage in the eastern alley way.  An aggressive attack was made on the fire, keeping the main fire contained to the detached garage; however the structure of fire origin was considered a total loss. Light fire extension was noted to an adjacent detached garage to the north, causing minimal damage to the structure and its contents.

A Topeka Fire Department Investigation’s Unit responded to this incident to assist in determining the origin and cause for the fire.  The following is a brief summary;

  • Preliminary investigation indicates the cause of the fire as undetermined; pending further investigation.
  • Estimated dollar loss – $15,000 (Fifteen Thousand Dollars); $5000.00 associated with the structure of fire origin; Two vehicles associated with 1260 SW Washburn Ave. totaling $5,000 and $5,000 loss associated with the adjacent garage structure.
  • The initial response to this fire involved Three (3) Engine Companies, Two (2) Truck Companies, Two (2) Battalion Chiefs and an Investigator.
  • No smoke alarms were present within the detached garage.


Any individuals with information about the circumstances of this fire are being asked to please contact Crime Stoppers at (785)234-0007 or Toll Free at 1-800-222 TIPS (8477).