Fire does substantial damage to southeast Topeka home on Monday

By Phil Anderson
Topeka Capital Journal – June 18, 2018

A fire early Monday afternoon caused substantial damage to a one-story home in southeast Topeka.

No injuries had been reported as of 1:30 p.m.

Crews were sent around 12:50 p.m. to a report of a fire at a house at 3123 S.E. Michigan Ave.

Topeka Fire Department Battalion Chief Mark Brannock said crews arrived to find flames and smoke coming from the south side of the residence.

Firefighters made an interior attack and had the blaze under control in a matter of a few minutes.

Initial reports indicated a dog and a cat may have been inside the house. However, Brannock said, firefighters made an extensive search of the inside of the home and couldn’t locate either animal.

About 18 firefighters battled the fire. The house was being ventilated of smoke shortly after the blaze was under control.

The Topeka Fire Department’s rehabilitation bus, which provides air-conditioning for firefighters to help prevent heat exhaustion, had been called to the scene. However, Brannock said, the rehab bus was disregarded before it arrived on the scene after the blaze was out and firefighters were able to find shade to the north of the house.

Topeka fire investigator Zach Bottenberg was on the scene to determine the cause of the fire.

The cause and estimated dollar loss weren’t immediately available.

According to the Shawnee County Appraiser’s Office, the home is owned by Constantino Del Real-Montoya. Its 2018 appraised value was $68,930.


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