Fire destroys Topeka apartment building

A massive apartment fire early this morning caused 2 people to be rescued from a burning building.

Kansas First News reporter Vanessa Martinas tells us how the red cross stepped in to help.

Residents were jumping to safety from the upper stories of one of the Southbrook Apartments and Townhomes buildings.

At about 2:30 Sunday morning, heavy smoke and flames were coming from the roof and second floor when Topeka firefighters arrived.

A total of five apartments were destroyed, leaving 12 people without a home.

The American Red Cross stepped in to help 8 of those people.

“So the red cross works with on person from each family, the mom or the dad especially if they have children to make sure that they have basic needs like food, a safe place to stay sometimes that can be staying in a hotel with a family or friend,” Red Cross Communications Director Meghan ..Said.

Fire officials are saying that the fire started outside, near the southwest corner.

Damages are estimated to be up to $550,000.

Sunday afternoon, residents returned to see if any of their cherished possessions were still there.

“But I can’t image what the families are going through like i said we just want to make sure that we’re providing the things that those families need because going through something like this is very emotional and we want to take care of their needs first.”

Topeka Fire Department says they’re still investigating the cause but right now are calling it an accident.

Two people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries this morning, two others were treated for their injuries at the scene.

Officials with the apartment complex would talk on camera.

 

Extensive damage to the Southbrook Apartments in Topeka early Sunday morning. Photo courtesy Joanie Hansford.
Extensive damage to the Southbrook Apartments in Topeka early Sunday morning. Photo courtesy Joanie Hansford.
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