UPDATE: Downtown building fire causes Kansas Avenue bridge to be closed to traffic


In order to clean up the area near the building that caught on fire, it will be necessary to shut down some streets near the structure.

The road closures are necessary so crews can clean the area. The closure will last between 7 and 10 days.

According to the City of Topeka street department, Kansas Avenue will be closed to both northbound and southbound traffic.  The sidewalk south of the Curtis Flyoff will also be closed to pedestrian traffic.  Eastbound and westbound traffic on 1st street between Quincy and Jackson will also be closed.  In addition, the Curtis Flyoff will be closed to vehicles because southbound is the only allowed traffic from that location. 

Also, the Kansas Lottery office and Claims Center just across the street to the east will be closed due to the fire as the building took in some smoke into their ventilation system.  Players will not be able to claim any prizes at Kansas Lottery headquarters in Topeka until Friday, May 31.

The Topeka Fire Department responded to the fire at the Trails Art Gallery at 109 N. Kansas Avenue around 7:00 p.m. Wednesday evening.

Flames were first reported from the second story windows of the building until the fire spread to the roof. 

No injuries have been reported, and the cause of the fire is not yet known. 

The Kansas Avenue Lofts building, which is connected to the gallery, was evacuated, as were the surrounding buildings. 

According to the owner of the gallery, the building also caught fire in 2017 and was set to open the second floor in June.

Firefighters were on the scene Thursday morning putting out hot spots in the building and a drone was set to take flight to check on other danger spots from above the building.

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