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Woman killed after fire erupted in two-story home just west of downtown Topeka


TOPEKA, Kansas — A woman has been killed in a house fire in a neighborhood just west of downtown Topeka.

The Topeka Capital-Journal ( ) reports that the fire was reported around 8:20 a.m. Thursday in the two-story home. Topeka Fire Marshal Mike Martin says crews likely will be on the scene "for most of the day."

One person was able to escape, but a woman died inside the home. The fire sent smoke drifting above the downtown skyline for more than two miles away. The flames were so intense that an SUV that had been parked near the front porch also caught fire.

At one point, firefighters and police officers restrained a man after he sprinted toward the still-burning house, apparently trying to get inside.

Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal,

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