Child playing with lighter believed to have started fire in west-side condominium

By Phil Anderson
Topeka Capital Journal – March 2, 2017


By Phil Anderson

A child playing with a lighter is believed to have started a fire Thursday morning at a west Topeka condominium complex, authorities said.

No injuries were reported in the blaze, which occurred around 10:30 a.m. at a second-floor unit at the Deauville Condominiums, 5446 S.W. 12th Terrace.

More than a dozen residents at the complex watched as Topeka firefighters worked to contain the blaze. One neighbor described a large amount of smoke pouring out a window of the unit, which was in the northeast corner of the two-story brick building.

Capt. Kevin Strole, of the Topeka Fire Department, said firefighters arrived to find a chair on fire in the unit’s bedroom

“We believe a little child was playing with a lighter,” Strole said. “The mother was in the shower and discovered the fire when she got out.”

The woman and her child, as well as a dog, all made it out of the building safely before firefighters arrived.

Firefighters conducted a search of the building but found no one inside.

Strole said smoke and water damage was contained to the unit where the fire originated. He said it took less than 25 gallons of water to extinguish the blaze.

Fire crews threw the smoldering chair out of the second-=floor window onto the ground below. More burned debris also was thrown out of the window as firefighters cleared the unit of smoke.


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