Fire destroys Topeka home, does damage to second home next door

By Phil Anderson
Topeka Capital Journal – April 16, 2018


A south Topeka house was completely destroyed by fire Monday morning, and an adjacent home also suffered damage to its outside.

Crews were sent to the scene of a fully-involved house fire at around 8:50 a.m. Monday morning at 1717 S.W. Harp Place.

No injuries were reported. Several people were able to get out of the house safely, as well as one pet dog.

Smoke and fire was visible when crews arrived. Big columns of black smoke filled the air.

Firefighters initially did a defensive attack from the outside, before eventually going in.

A fire investigator told The Capital-Journal the cause is still undetermined, but it is believed it started in the living room.

The house was determined to be “a total loss,” Topeka Fire Department Shift Commander Chris Herrera said.

The heat from that burning house caught the siding on fire for the house next door at 1725 S.W. Harp Place.

Jim Knowland, the man inside that house, said three men who were working nearby saw the fire and told him he needed to get out. He was able to get out safely with his dog, and he pulled his car out of the garage.

The three people working for Continental Siding Supply up the street told The Capital-Journal they heard a woman scream after the fire. They came over and helped a man who had been in the fire over the fence and gave the man some clothes to keep warm.

The location of the fire is just east of S.W. Burlingame and north of S.W. 37th.


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