Topeka Fire Department Welcomes New Accelerant Detection Canine Benny

The Topeka Fire Department is pleased to announce the addition of our new Alcohol Tobacco and Fire Arms (ATF) Accelerant Detection Canine Benny. Benny will take the place of Webster, who died in March of this year. The Topeka Fire Department would like to invite our media partners to come meet Benny and see a demonstration of his skills in detecting the presence of ignitable liquids.
Benny is a 2 year old male Yellow Labrador Retriever who completed his training at the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Canine Training Center at Front Royal, Virginia. His Handler, Fire Investigator James Vollintine, completed an intensive 6 week training program on December 7, 2018, where he was introduced to Benny and they received their ATF Accelerant Detection Canine certification.
Benny will respond throughout the City of Topeka, Kansas and assists investigators in detecting the presence of ignitable liquids at fire scenes. When requested, Benny will respond throughout northeast Kansas and the Midwest region to assist other agencies. Benny will also assist with public relations and educational programming.

115 NW Grant St. Structure Fire Incident

TOPEKA, Kan. –The Topeka Fire Department Responded to a structure fire located at 115 NW Grant St. just after 1:00 AM on Sunday July 22, 2018.  Upon arrival, fire crews found the single story single family dwelling with smoke and flames showing. Firefighters began an offensive fire attack keeping it confined to the structure of fire origin. Firefighters performed a search of the structure and found it to be vacant.

The Topeka Fire Department Investigation’s Unit responded to perform an origin and cause scene investigation.  The following is a brief summary;

  • Preliminary investigation indicates the fire cause to be incendiary, (intentionally set).
  • Estimated dollar loss – $1,000.00, all of which is associated with structural loss.
  • The initial response to this fire involved Three Engine Companies, Two Truck Companies, One Battalion Chief, One Shift Commander and 1 Investigator.
  • The fire originated from the exterior of the 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).

1726 SW Harrison St.

TOPEKA, Kan. –The Topeka Fire Department Responded to a structure fire located at 1726 SW Harrison St. just after 1:00 AM on Sunday July 22, 2018.  Upon arrival, fire crews found the two story cinder block structure fully involved with fire. Firefighters began a defensive fire attack, keeping it confined to the structure of fire origin. Minutes after firefighters arrived, the roof and walls began to collapse.

The 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.
  • The origin of the fire was within the structure.
  • Estimated dollar loss – $8,100.00 all of which is associated with structural loss.
  • The initial response to this fire involved Three Engine Companies, One Truck Company, One Aerial Ladder Company, One Battalion Chief, One Shift Commander and an Investigator.

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).

3502 SW 8th Street

Topeka, Kan. – The Topeka Fire Department responded to a structure fire located at 3502 SW 8th Street 6:00 am on Saturday July 21, 2018.  Upon arrival, fire crews reported smoke and flames visible from the single story wood framed house.  Fire crews quickly extinguished the fire, keeping it contained to the bedroom of the dwelling.

The Topeka Fire Department Investigation Unit responded to the scene to perform an origin and cause scene Investigation.

The Following is a brief summary from the Fire Investigation Unit:

  • Preliminary investigation indicates the cause of the fire as Undetermined pending further investigation; however at the time of this release, no foul play is suspected.
  • Estimated structural dollar loss is $20,000 structure, $5,000 content loss.
  • This fire included the response of 3 Engine Companies, 2 Truck Companies, 2 Chief Officers, and 1 Fire Investigator.
  • Other agencies assisting at the fire scene; Kansas Gas Service, and AMR.
  • The structure had working smoke alarms 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).

950 SW Lindenwood Ave. Fire Incident

TOPEKA, Kan. –The Topeka Fire Department responded to a report of an unknown fire located at 950 SW Lindenwood Ave., just after 3:30 AM on Wednesday July 18, 2018.  Upon arrival, fire crews found a single story wood framed detached garage structure fully involved with fire. Firefighters began an offensive fire attack and protected the surrounding structures.

The Topeka Fire Department Investigation’s Unit responded to this incident to perform an origin and cause scene investigation.  The following is a brief summary;

  • Preliminary investigation indicates the fire cause to be incendiary, (intentionally set).
  • Estimated dollar loss – $10,000.00 all of which is associated with structural loss.
  • The response to this fire involved 3 Engine Companies, 1 Truck Company, 1 Aerial Ladder Company, 1Battalion Chief, 1 Shift Commander and 1 Investigator.
  • No working smoke detectors were located 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).

Multiple Fire Incidents

TOPEKA, Kan. –The Topeka Fire Department Responded to eight fire incidents beginning July 17, 2018 at 11:50 PM. No injuries or fatalities were reported at any of these incidents. One male juvenile was arrested by the Topeka Fire Department Investigation Unit in connection with this incident; no other information is available to be released at this time. Anyone with information regarding these incidents is still encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at (785)234-0007 or Toll Free at 1-800-222 TIPS (8477).

07/17/2018 at 11:50 PM fire crews responded to 1100 SW Clay St. in reference to an unknown fire. Upon arrival fire crews found dried leaves and grass on fire behind the residential structure. One vehicle sustained an estimated $500 in damage as a result of the fire. Preliminary investigation determined the fire cause to be incendiary, intentionally set.

07/18/2018 at 12:17 AM fire crews responded to 900 SW Buchanan St. in reference to a garage fire. Upon arrival fire crews found a detached garage on fire. Firefighters extinguished the fire keeping it contained to the structure of fire origin. The garage structure sustained an estimated $150.00 in damages. Preliminary investigation determined the fire cause to be incendiary, intentionally set.

07/18/2018 at 12:19 AM fire crews responded to 1112 SW Clay St. in reference to a fire behind the structure. Fire crews arrived and found trash on fire next to the structure. There is no dollar loss associated with this fire. Preliminary investigation determined the fire cause to be incendiary, intentionally set.

07/18/2018 at 12:20 AM fire crews responded to 801 SW Jewell Ave. in reference to an unknown fire next to a garage. Fire crews arrived to find dried grass and leaves on fire next to a detached garage. Fire spread to the garage before it was extinguished. The fire caused an estimated $100 in damages to the garage.  Preliminary investigation determined the fire cause to be incendiary, intentionally set.

07/18/2018 at 12:20 AM fire crews who were in the area for another incident discovered a fire at 1011 SW Munson Ave. Firefighters found a structure on fire. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire keeping it contained to the structure of fire origin. Fire damage was limited to the exterior of the unoccupied single family residential structure. Damages to the structure were estimated at $200. It is unknown if there were any working smoke detectors in the structure. Preliminary investigation determined the fire cause to be incendiary, intentionally set.

07/18/2018 at 12:20 AM fire crews discovered a garage fire at 1169 SW Fillmore St. Fire crews quickly extinguished the fire keeping it contained to the structure of fire origin. Damages to the garage structure were estimated at $200. Preliminary investigation determined the fire cause to be incendiary, intentionally set.

07/18/2018 at 12:24 AM fire crews responded to a fire located at 2200 SW 8th Ave. Upon arrival fire crews found a trash container on fire behind the residence. Fire crews extinguished the fire keeping it contained to the trash container. This fire caused an estimated $100 in damages. Preliminary investigation determined the fire cause to be incendiary, intentionally set.

 

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).

2949 SW Burlingame Rd. Fatality Fire Incident

Topeka, Kan. – The Topeka Fire Department responded to a structure fire located at 2949 SW Burlingame Rd, Topeka, Kansas just after 1:43am on Friday July 13, 2018.  Upon arrival, fire crews reported smoke and flames visible from the single story wood framed house.  Fire crews quickly extinguished the fire; one fire victim was located within the residence. The victim has been identified as Kennedy Karioki Ndungu DOB 01/07/1993

The Topeka Fire Department Investigation’s Unit responded to the scene to perform an origin and cause scene Investigation.

The Following is a brief summary from the Fire Investigation Unit:

  • The investigation is ongoing at this time
  • Estimated structural dollar loss is $40,000 structure, $10,000 content loss.
  • This fire included the response of 3 Engine Companies, 2 Truck Companies, 2 Chief Officers, and 2 Fire Investigator.
  • Other agencies assisting at the fire scene; Office of the State Fire Marshal Investigators, the Topeka Police Department, Canine assistance from the Olathe Fire Department, Kansas Gas Service, Westar Energy and AMR.
  • The structure had working smoke alarms 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).

Legally Using Fireworks in Topeka

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Topeka Fire Department would like to encourage everyone to celebrate safety during the upcoming 4th of July holiday.

The sale of fireworks will begin June 27th and end July 5th 2018.  The use of sky lanterns are no longer allowed in the City of Topeka.  It is not legal to discharge fireworks within the city limits except for the following dates and times according to city ordinance.  This will be the last year that these dates and times will be legal for the sale and discharge of fireworks.  This is a result of a change in the city ordinance regarding the use and discharge of fireworks, the new ordinance will take effect after July 5th 2018.

Consumer fireworks may be discharged within the City of Topeka as follows:

  • Between the hours of 8:00 am to 10:00 pm on July 1, July 2 and July 3 of each year
  • Between the hours of 8:00 am to 11:59 pm on July 4 of each year

The following Fireworks Safety Tips are shared to enhance your awareness:

  • Keep a ready source of water available i.e. a connected hose; a fire extinguisher or bucket of water should suffice.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.  Appoint an adult or responsible person to be your designated igniter and to be on the lookout for sparks which may start unintended fires elsewhere.  The adult can also activate emergency response (911), if a fire cannot be readily extinguished.
  • Adult Supervision Required. A person under the age of 18 years must be under adult supervision and in the physical presence of the adult to possess and discharge permitted consumer fireworks.
  • Wet down all ignition and fallout areas before lighting any fireworks.  This way if a sparks does hit the ground then, chances of that spark igniting a fire will be minimal.
  • Always ignite fireworks on paved surfaces i.e. concrete or asphalt whenever possible; if not, select a dirt area where there is no grass or vegetation growth present.
  • Never ignite or discharge fireworks into, under, or from a car or vehicle, whether moving or standing still, or on a public roadway or the right-of-way adjoining a public roadway.
  • Be aware of wind conditions when preparing to enjoy your fireworks; if it is too windy then wait until such conditions subside.
  • Never park your vehicle on dry grass or close to where fireworks are being discharged.
  • Never attempt to relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 10 – 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.

 

 

Enhance the joy of this holiday period by practicing Safe Sane and Sober fireworks life-safety habits.

3123 SE Michigan Ave. Fire Incident

Topeka, Kan. – The Topeka Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire located at 3123 SE Michigan Ave. Topeka, KS at 12:44 PM on Monday June 18, 2018.

On the arrival of suppression crews, smoke and flames were discovered within a one story wood frame single-family residence.  Fire crews began an offensive fire attack, while conducting a primary and secondary search of the structure.  It was discovered that the occupants were not home at the time of the fire; a family pet was removed by suppression crews.  The fire was quickly extinguished, confining the damage to the structure of origin.

The Topeka Fire Department Investigation Unit responded to the scene to perform an origin and cause scene investigation.

The Following is a brief summary from the Fire Investigation Unit;

  • Preliminary investigation indicates the fire cause to be Accidental, associated with a stove burner left on.
  • The family pet, a cat, perished in the fire.
  • Estimated total dollar loss is $20,000.
  • $15,000 in structural loss and $5,000 in content loss.
  • This fire had a response of 3 Engine Companies, 2 Truck Companies, 2 Chief Officers, and 1 Investigator.
  • No sounding smoke alarms were discovered within the structure.
  • The American Red Cross assisted four adults and two children.
  • Other agencies assisting at the fire scene were; AMR, Topeka Police Department, Kansas Gas Service and Westar Energy.

1537 SE Washington St. Fire Incident

Topeka, Kan. – The Topeka Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire located at 1537 SE Washington St., Topeka, KS shortly before 1:30 AM on Sunday June 17, 2018.

Upon arrival, the Topeka Fire Department found heavy smoke and flames coming from the rear of a vacant house.  Fire crews began an offensive fire attack and conducted a primary and secondary search of the structure; this search confirmed no occupants were inside.  The fire was quickly extinguished, confining the damage to the original structure.

The Topeka Fire Department Investigation Unit responded to perform an origin and cause scene investigation.

The Following is a brief summary from the Fire Investigation Unit;

  • Preliminary investigation indicates the fire cause to be Incendiary, intentionally set at the back wooden deck.
  • No reported injuries associated with this fire incident.
  • Estimated total dollar loss is $7,500.
  • $6,500 in structural loss and $1,000 in content loss.
  • This fire had a response of 3 Engine Companies, 3 Truck Companies, 2 Chief Officers, and 1 Investigator.
  • No sounding smoke alarms were discovered within the 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).