TOPEKA (KSNT) – Heavy smoke was coming from a home at S.E. 6th and S.E. Branner at 7:22 a.m. Friday morning when firefighters arrived, according to Allen Stahl, Topeka Public Education Officer with the Topeka Fire Department.

Fire at 1616 S.E. Branner in East Topeka

The fire was spotted by a Topeka Police Officer while on patrol.

In a press release issued by the Topeka Fire Department Stahl said firefighters conducted a search of the building but found the vacant home unoccupied. However, there was evidence of transients having been in the home.

The estimated damage totaled $5,000, according to the TFD.

Early on Stahl reported crews were doing their best, but conditions inside the home were “difficult.” However, firefighters were getting the fire under control.

No injuries were reported.

Stahl appealed to the citizens of Topeka to alert the authorities if they are aware of transients inside vacant homes. “That’s the only way we are going to prevent people from squatting in these residences,” Stahl said.