TOPEKA (KSNT) – A house fire in Central Topeka that caused thousands of dollars worth of damage is believed to have been caused by a child playing with a lighter according to the Topeka Fire Department.
Topeka firefighters responded to a house fire on 1272 SW Garfield just after 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 28. Firefighters found a moderate amount of smoke coming from the rear of the house and were able to keep the flames confined to the exterior of the building.
The house contained at least two apartments. Any residents that may have been inside were able to evacuate on their own.
A preliminary investigation by the TFD shows that the fire was likely caused by a child playing with a lighter. Estimates show that $5,000 worth of damage was done to the residence. No smoke detectors were inside the house.