1 hospitalized after north-side fire

By Phil Anderson
Topeka Capital Journal – October 30, 2013

One person was hospitalized for what a fire department official said was “severe smoke inhalation” after an early-morning blaze at a North Topeka home.Topeka Fire Department crews were sent at 4:51 a.m. to a house at 1229 N.W. Van Buren on a report of a house fire.

Fire department Shift Commander Mike Thompson said at the scene that first-arriving crews found flames and heavy smoke coming from the front room of the one-story house.

The front door was locked, so fire crews kicked in the door to begin attacking the fire.

Crews had the blaze under control in a matter of minutes, but not before it had ravaged the inside of the home.

One person was reported to have been inside the home at the time of the fire. That person, a man, escaped out the back door of the residence.

Thompson said the  man was taken to a local hospital by American Medical Response ambulance for treatment of smoke inhalation. The man was walking around before he was taken to the hospital.

Crews initially used water that was transported to the scene by two truck companies to fight the fire.

Thompson said a fire hydrant only about 50 feet from the home wasn’t usable because crews couldn’t remove a nut on top of the hydrant.

Crews had to hook up to another fire hydrant about two blocks away and  hand-drag the hose to the home.

Thompson said crews “never ran out of water” during their attack on the fire.

A fire investigator had been called to the scene, but as of 6 a.m. there was no word on a possible cause of the fire or an estimated dollar loss.


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