The Topeka Fire Department responded to an explosion at 7530 S. Topeka Blvd., Heartland Motorsports, just after 6:00 p.m. Friday night.
The explosion was located near a maintenance building.
Fire and AMR crews found an adult male, later identified as 41-year-old, Joshua Darryl Aubert, with critical injuries.
Despite the efforts from crews to save him, he died of his injuries on the scene.
A fundraiser has been set up to help cover Joshua’s family’s expenses, you can find the link here.
He leaves behind five children and a wife, Jamie Aubert.
“My husband left an impression on everyone he came in contact with,” Aubert said. “He was always ready and willing to lend a hand. He was a man who was quick to give you his last dollar if you needed it. “
The Topeka Fire Department Investigation team’s preliminary investigation indicates the fire was accidental.
The evidence on the scene shows Aubert was using a torch to cut open what was believed to be an empty metal drum labeled as methanol when the explosion happened.