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For Immediate Release

January 3, 2018




1504 SW Fillmore St. Structure Fire Incident


TOPEKA, Kan. –The Topeka Fire Department Responded to a structure fire located at 1504 SW Fillmore St., Topeka Kansas just before 12:00 PM, on Wednesday January 3, 2018.  Upon arrival, fire crews found the two story wooden frame residential structure with heavy smoke and fire showing. Firefighters performed an offensive fire attack and protected the surrounding structures, keeping it confined to the structure of fire origin. A search of the structure revealed no occupants. The structure was vacant at the time of the fire. Investigators found evidence of vagrant and or transient activity within the structure.


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


  • Preliminary investigation indicates the fire cause to be undetermined, pending further investigation.
  • Estimated dollar loss – $15,000.00 (Fifteen Thousand Dollars); $15,000.00 (Fifteen Thousand Dollars) structural loss and $0 (Zero Dollars) contents loss.
  • The initial response to this fire involved Three (3) Engine Companies, One (1) Truck Company, One (1) Aerial Ladder Company, One (1) Battalion Chief, One (1) Shift Commander and an Investigator. Additional companies responded for assistance.
  • Assisting agencies at this incident included the Topeka Police Department, Kansas Gas Service, and Westar Energy.
  • There were no working smoke detectors in the structure at the time of the fire.


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).