Fire ravages home in northern Shawnee County

Topeka Capital Journal – October 25, 2013

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Firefighters Friday afternoon were battling a raging blaze that significantly damaged a house at 425 N.W. 48th Terr.

A Shawnee County Emergency Communications Center dispatcher said Soldier Township firefighters were called at 2:35 p.m. to the scene. Small explosions could be heard as flames leapt amid heavy smoke.

There didn’t appear to be any immediate injuries. A woman who lives in the house said everyone who had been inside got out safely. She said two people who were in the basement got out after one broke a window.

The woman said the fire started in the garage, adding that she woke up and “it smelled hot.”

Shawnee County appraiser’s office records show Darwin and Shirley Wooten since September 1989 have owned the house, which had an appraised value this year of $112,700.

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