Brick outbuilding destroyed by fire Wednesday

By Phil Anderson
Topeka Capital Journal – June 28, 2017

Photo by Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office.

Photo by Phil Anderson

Photo by Phil Anderson

Fire caused substantial damage to a brick outbuilding late Wednesday morning just southwest of Topeka.

The fire was reported at 11:39 a.m. on property at 6540 S.W. Urish Road.

An investigator from the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office was on the scene early Wednesday afternoon to determine the cause of the blaze.

No injuries were reported in the fire, and two of three dogs that had been in the structure were reported to have been located. However, a third dog hadn’t surfaced as of early Wednesday afternoon.

The Auburn Fire Department and Mission Township Fire Department responded to the scene.

First-arriving crews found flames and heavy smoke coming from the structure, which was located about 25 yards northeast of a one-story house on the property.

A mixture of water and compressed air foam was used to put out the fire.

Auburn Fire Department Chief Scott Hunt said at the scene that no utilities were hooked up to the property at the time of the blaze.

Jeff Hamilton, of Topeka, said he was the first person who noticed the fire. Hamilton said he had been at the property earlier Wednesday morning, helping friends move items out of the building and “clean up the place” before he went to Auburn.

“I came back in about an hour and it was on fire,” Hamilton said. “I don’t know why. I have no idea why.”

He said when he returned to the property and saw the building ablaze, he immediately grabbed a garden hose and tried to put out the fire, but it was no use.

“Once that roof caught on fire, it was done,” he said. “Those asphalt shingles just went up. I looked down the hallway and it was just nothing but an orange inferno, all the way to the back, unfortunately. It was a nice little cabin.”

A black, brown and white Beagle dog was missing early Wednesday afternoon from the property. The dog’s name was Wego.

Two other dogs, a Chihuahua named Lady and a German Shepherd-mix named Cujo, had been found safe.

According to the Shawnee County Appraiser’s Office website, the property at 6540 S.W. Urish Road is owned by the Mike and Lisa Engler Family Trust. The 2017 value of the property — including the one-story house and brick outbuilding — was listed at $138,400.


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