TOPEKA, Kan. –The Topeka Fire Department responded to a possible structure fire located at 1297 SW Macvicar Ave. Topeka, Kansas shortly before 01:00 AM on Sunday March 18, 2018. A person driving in the area found a trashcan on fire in the back alley of 1297 SW Macvicar Ave. The fire quickly spread from the trashcan to an adjacent detached garage. Fire suppression crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire, but not before the garage sustained moderate fire damage.
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 – $10,000 (Ten Thousand Dollars); $10,000 to the garage structure and adjacent wooden fence. No content damage.
- The initial response to this fire involved Three (3) Engine Companies, Two (2) Truck Companies, Two (2) Battalion Chiefs and an Investigator.
- Other agencies assisting with this incident included Westar Energy.
- Smoke alarms were not present within the garage structure.
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).