TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Emergency crews are working Monday on an apartment building fire in south Topeka at Park South Apartment
The fire started in the third floor of the apartments at 3700 SW Park South Ct., according to Shawnee County Dispatch.
Firefighters at the scene said smoke rolled out of an apartment when they showed up around 10:30 a.m. A man was standing on the balcony, but they were able to get him down safely.
A medical team checked the man from the balcony for injuries in an ambulance at the scene.
Residents in the apartment complex were asked to evacuate the building due to smoke damage, but the fire didn’t leave the third floor unit. One resident who lives just below the unit where the fire started said he heard screaming moments before the fire.
“The next thing I know people are knocking on my door saying, ‘fire, fire, get out, get out.’ So I just grabbed what I could and got out,” Burell Shadlow, an apartment resident, said. “I couldn’t grab my cat so she is still in there. But there was definitely a fight going on.”
Fire investigators are still trying to figure out the cause of the fire. This is an ongoing investigation.