Topeka home ‘total loss’ in early morning fire Wednesday

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(Photo courtesy of Topeka Fire Department)

TOPEKA (KSNT) – The Topeka Fire Department is working to extinguish a house fire early Wednesday morning.

KSNT was first online and at the scene as events unfolded.

Crews went to the scene near the 2619 Murrow Court around 4:51 a.m., according to Shawnee County Dispatch.

A person near the home called in the fire.

UPDATE: 5:56 a.m.

Officials on the scene said the home was completely destroyed.

Fire officials said they did not know if anyone was in the home when the fire started.

Firefighters did not find anyone inside the structure, but the fire threatened a building to its north side. The home to the north sustained minimal damage.

UPDATE: 6:57 a.m.

The homeowner told KSNT reporter James Ryan that they were not home at the time the fire started, and there were no injuries.

UPDATE: 7:19 a.m.

According to a KSNT reporter on the scene, fire investigators are not able to go inside due to the damage, but said the fire started in the living room. Investigators said there was nothing inside the home.

The same home had a fire five years ago and had been condemned. Officials believe someone may have been squatting in the house.

UPDATE: 9:45 a.m.

Investigators estimate the home was a total loss which amounted to a $24,910 loss.

The cause of the fire remains “undetermined.”

Neighbors reported to investigators that the person who had been staying at the home was found safe.

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