Fire blazes through home in southeast Topeka

By Peyton Kraus
Topeka Capital Journal – June 5, 2018

Photo by Peyton Kraus

The Topeka Fire Department is investigating the cause of a house fire Monday in the 1932 S.E. Maryland Avenue.

Smoke alarms went off just before 5:30 p.m. Monday evening inside the home. No one was inside at the time and no injuries occurred. The fire department went through the house looking for a dog suspected to be inside, but the animal was found hiding in the yard.

Topeka Fire Department Batallion Chief Mark Brannock said he saw ground smoke coming from the north side of the house as he pulled up.

“Flames were blowing out of there before the fire trucks arrived, but everything was shut up, and I’m sure everything is melded in the front — probably pretty much destroyed,” said Brannock. “It doesn’t take too much heat to just ruin everything.

Brannock estimated damages at 50 percent of the appraised value of the house. According to the Shawnee County Appraiser’s Office, the home is owned by Edwin Brock and the 2018 appraised value is $3,000.

Resident Gayle Brock, who left the house less than an hour before the fire started, hopes for just one piece of furniture to have made it through the fire.

“I have a checkerboard table that my great-grandfather made, and I’m hoping that’s okay,” said Brock. “I just hope.”

Brock heard of the fire after a neighbor called her informing her that fire trucks were outside of her house. As of 6 p.m., she had not been able to go back to her house to see the status of her home and belongings as the fire department was still investigating.


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