526 NE Burgess Street Recreational Vehicle Fire Incident

TOPEKA, Kan. –The Topeka Fire Department responded to a possible structure fire located at 526 NE Burgess Street Topeka, Kansas shortly after 4:30 PM on Monday March 12, 2018.  A person driving by was able to alert the occupant of the residence and 911 was activated.  Upon arrival, fire crews found heavy fire coming from behind the dwelling involving a recreational vehicle in the back yard.  The fire spread from the vehicle and burned into the structure via the attic spaces.  Firefighters were able to contain the fire, but not before the recreational vehicle was consumed and substantial damage was caused to the dwelling.

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 Accidental; more likely than not associated the failure and/or malfunction of an energized space heater being used with the recreational vehicle.
  • Estimated dollar loss – $77,500 (Seventy Seven Thousand and Five Hundred Dollars); $45,000 to the structure and $25,000 to contents.  $7,500 associated loss to the Recreational Vehicle.
  • 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 include The Topeka Police Department, American Medical Response, Kansas Gas Service, and Westar Energy.
  • Smoke alarms were not present within the vehicle of fire origin.

3453 SW Burlingame Rd. The Cascade Apartments Fire Incident Topeka, KS

Topeka, Kan. – The Topeka Fire Department responded to a structure fire located at 3453 SW Burlingame Road #202 Topeka, KS just before 12:00 PM on Sunday March 11, 2018.  Upon arrival, fire crews reported light smoke and flames showing from two apartment balconies.  The fire spread from the balcony of apartment #202 to the balcony of apartment #302.  The fire was quickly extinguished and the smoke was ventilated from several apartments within building C.

A Topeka Fire Department Investigation’s Unit responded to the fire scene to assist.

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

  • Preliminary investigation indicates the fire cause to be Undetermined, however more likely than not associated with discarded smoking material that had fallen.
  • There were no reported injuries associated with this fire incident.
  • Estimated structural dollar loss is $10,000.  No content dollar loss is associated with this fire, the fire did breach the interior of the first floor storage room.
  • This fire had a response of three (3) Engine Companies, two (2) Truck Companies, two (2) Chief Officers and an Investigator.

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).

2423 SE 10th Avenue Structure Fire Incident

TOPEKA, Kan. –The Topeka Fire Department responded to a possible structure fire located at 2423 SE 10th Ave. Topeka, Kansas shortly before 5:30 PM on Friday March 02, 2018.  Upon arrival, fire crews found heavy fire coming the first floor and exterior covered porch areas.  A primary search for occupants was conducted and the dwelling found to be vacant at the time of the fire.  The occupants returned to the scene shortly after the discovery of the fire and confirmed that no one was in the home.  The fire was extinguished keeping it contained to the structure of fire origin, but not before the dwelling sustained substantial 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 – $30,000 (Thirty Thousand Dollars); $15,000 to the structure and $15,000 to contents.
  • The initial response to this fire involved Three (3) Engine Companies, Two (2) Truck Companies, Two (2) Battalion Chiefs and an Investigator.
  • Smoke alarms were present 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).

238 SW Gage Blvd. The Pines Apartments Fire Incident

Topeka, Kan. – The Topeka Fire Department responded to a structure fire located at 238 SW Gage Blvd. #308 Topeka, KS just before 3:00 PM on Sunday February 25, 2018.  Upon arrival, fire crews reported smoke showing from a rear apartment balcony.  The fire spread from apartment #308 to the balcony of apartment #312.  Fire crews extinguished the fire keeping it contained within the two balconies.

A Topeka Fire Department Investigation’s Unit responded to the fire scene to assist.

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

  • Preliminary investigation indicates the fire cause to be Undetermined, pending further investigation.  The Origin of the fire was at the lower northeast corner of balcony #308.
  • Several of the neighbors were able to keep the fire small due to discharging available fire extinguishers.  One neighbor was able to jump onto the balcony and enter apartment #308 to retrieve two dogs that were heard barking inside.
  • No occupants were home at either apartment at the time of the reported fire.
  • There were no reported injuries associated with this fire incident.
  • Estimated structural dollar loss is $10,000.  No content dollar loss is associated with this fire, the fire did not breach the interior of any apartment.
  • This fire had a response of four (4) Engine Companies, two (2) Truck Companies, two (2) Chief Officers and an Investigator.

1600 SW Polk Street Fire Incident

Topeka, Kan. – The Topeka Fire Department responded to a structure fire located at 1600 SW Polk St., Topeka, Kansas 66612 at 6:00 AM on Sunday February 25, 2018.  Upon arrival, fire crews reported smoke showing from the two story wood framed residence.  Firefighters entered the structure and found the fire to be in the basement.  The fire was quickly extinguished keeping it contained to the basement area.

A Topeka Fire Department Investigation’s Unit responded to the fire scene to assist.

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

  • Preliminary investigation indicates the fire cause to be Accidental, associated with electrical components of an exercise treadmill.
  • Two adults, four children and a dog escaped the fire uninjured.
  • A working smoke alarm alerted the occupants of the fire in the basement.
  • Estimated content dollar loss is $3,000.  No structural dollar loss is associated with this fire.
  • This fire had a response of three (3) Engine Companies, two (2) Truck Companies, two (2) Chief Officers and an Investigator.
  • Other agencies assisting at the fire scene; Westar Energy and Kansas Gas Service.

1157 SW Washburn Ave. Arson

TOPEKA, Kan. –The Topeka Fire Department responded to a fire at 1157 SW Washburn Ave., Topeka, KS shortly after 8:00 PM on Wednesday February 21, 2018.

The first arriving fire engine company reported a small fire within a detached garage and a small grass fire on the south side of the occupied house.  The fire was quickly extinguished.  An alert passerby seen a person of interest running from the fire location and notified the on scene Fire Investigator which arrived alongside the fire company.

The Fire Investigation Unit along with the Topeka Police Department located the person of interest in a nearby house.  The fire investigation resulted in the arrest of a 53 year old male subject.

A Topeka Fire Department Investigation’s Unit reports the following;

  • Preliminary investigation indicates the fire cause to be Incendiary, intentionally set.
  • Topeka Fire Investigations booked Krieg L. Hensley (53 years of age) into the Shawnee County Jail with the charge of Arson.
  • This fire incident had a response of One Engine Company and a Fire Investigator.
  • Assisting agencies; Topeka Police Department

Topeka Fire Department Responds to Two Separate Structure Fires

TOPEKA, Kan. –The Topeka Fire Department responded to two separate structure fires. Both structure fires were reported to 911 around 1:00 PM on Wednesday February 21, 2018.

The first structure fire alarm time was 12:59 PM.  The Topeka Fire Department responded to 1615 SW Central Park Ave., Topeka, KS.  Upon arrival, fire crews reported a fully involved detached one story wood frame garage on fire.  The residence and garage were vacant.  The estimated structural dollar loss is $4,000 and the content loss is $200.

The second structure fire alarm time was 1:07 PM.  The Topeka Fire Department responded to 527 SE Davies St., Topeka, KS. Upon arrival, fire crews reported smoke showing from the residence.  Two occupants escaped the fire uninjured.  The estimated structural dollar loss is $750 and the content loss is $200.

A Topeka Fire Department Investigation’s Unit reports the following;

  • Preliminary investigation for the 1615 SW Central Park Avenue fire indicates the fire cause to be Undetermined pending further investigation.
  • Preliminary investigation for the 527 SE Davies Street fire indicates the fire cause to be Accidental in association with cooking in the kitchen.
  • Each response to these fires involved Three (3) Engine Companies, One (1) Truck Company, One (1) Aerial Ladder, Two (2) Chief Officers, One (1) Safety Officer and One (1) Investigator.
  • Assisting agencies; Topeka Police Department, AMR, Kansas Gas Service and Westar Energy.
  • No sounding smoke alarms were in either structure

Any individuals with information about the circumstances of the 1615 SW Central Park Avenue fire are being asked to please contact Crime Stoppers at (785) 234-0007 or Toll Free at 1-800-222 TIPS (8477).

5620 SW 22nd Street Structure Fire Incident

TOPEKA, Kan. –The Topeka Fire Department responded to a possible structure fire located at 5620 SW 22nd Street Topeka, Kansas shortly after 12:30 AM on Wednesday February 21, 2018.  Upon arrival, fire crews found light smoke on the first floor of the high-rise apartment complex. .  Firefighters found a small fire contained within a trash bin, centrally located in the trash room of the complex.

The sprinkler system activated appropriately and kept the fire suppressed until firefighters could arrive.  Firefighters removed the trash bin from the structure and finished extinguishing the fire.  Fire damage was contained to the trash bin and surrounding trash chute system.  All occupants of the structure were able to either shelter in place or evacuate unharmed.

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 – $500 (Five Hundred Dollars); $500.00 associated with the structure of fire origin; No content loss.
  • The initial response to this fire involved Three (3) Engine Companies, Two (2) Truck Companies, Two (2) Battalion Chiefs and an Investigator.
  • The fire suppression system and audible smoke alarm systems operated as designed.

3225 SW Skyline Dr. Structure Fire Incident

TOPEKA, Kan. –The Topeka Fire Department Responded to a structure fire located at 3225 SW Skyline Dr., Topeka Kansas just after 3:00 PM on Monday February 19, 2018.  Upon arrival, fire crews found the two story wooden frame residential structure with smoke showing. Firefighters began an offensive fire attack keeping it confined to the structure of fire origin. All occupants made it outside of the house before firefighters’ arrival. Firefighters performed a search of the structure and confirmed there was nobody left inside. One infant patient was transported by AMR from the scene to a local hospital for injuries sustained from the fire.

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 – $50,000.00 (Fifty Thousand Dollars); $40,000.00 (Forty Thousand Dollars) structural loss and $10,000.00 (Ten Thousand 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.
  • Assisting agencies at this incident included the Topeka Police Department, Kansas Gas Service, Westar Energy.
  • There were no working smoke detectors in the structure at the time of the fire.