Firefighters rescue person from balcony in south Topeka apartment blaze

Published: Apr. 12, 2021 at 10:32 AM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Fire crews rescued a man from a balcony as they responded to a blaze Monday morning at a south Topeka apartment complex.

The fire was reported around 10:25 a.m. 3760 S.W. Park South Court. The building is at the south end of the Park South apartment complex.

Officials at the scene said the fire broke out in a third-story unit.

Topeka Fire Department officials said a man was rescued from a second-story balcony on the north side of the building. He was treated at the scene by American Medical Response ambulance personnel for minor injuries.

Multiple Topeka Fire Department companies were on the scene to battle the blaze, which produced smoke and flames.

About a half-hour after the fire was reported, smoke continued to come out of the third floor of the building.

Fire damage to the exterior portion of the third floor was visible on the north side of the building.

To make sure the blaze hadn’t extended to other portions of the building, several firefighters used an aerial apparatus to reach the roof of the building.

Officials at the scene said the blaze appeared to have been confined to the unit where it started, though it did appear there was smoke damage in other portions of the building.

All occupants of the building had been evacuated, with many watching from the parking lot at the south edge of the complex.

A fire investigator is working to determine the cause of the blaze. Estimated dollar loss is $35,000.

The Park South apartment complex is located immediately north of Interstate 470 and just east of S.W. Burlingame Road in south Topeka.

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