Officials: Woman critically injured in Topeka fire has died


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Officials say a woman found critically injured in a fire that consumed an abandoned commercial building in Topeka has died from her injuries.

The Topeka Fire Department said in a news release that 29-year-old Rashawn Brooks died Wednesday in a hospital where she was being treated.

Fire crews were called around 8:30 p.m. Sunday to a fire in a single-story masonry commercial building that firefighters believed to be vacant.

During a search of the building, firefighters found an unresponsive woman, later identified as Brooks, and rushed her to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

An investigation showed the blaze was likely started by a “warming fire.”

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