Arson To Blame For Fire That Destroyed Topeka Home

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Topeka Fire Department said in a release that a fire at 710 SW 7th Street in Topeka is due to arson.

When firefighters first arrived, they say the structure was collapsed upon arrival.

Around 5:05 Sunday morning, a fire started in a home near 7th and Polk. Shawnee County Dispatch confirmed that the home was destroyed by the fire.

13 News spoke with a family member. They told us five people plus a dog lived in the house. The oldest son alerted the family about the fire, which helped get them to safe and uninjured. Yet, the Topeka Fire Department's release said their investigation revealed the structure was vacant.

At 7:45 Sunday morning, fire marshals were still investigating how the fire started.

The gas pipes in the house are still burning Sunday morning. Kansas Gas is attempting to turn the gas off at around 8 a.m.

As of 8 this morning, Southwest Polk and 7th Streets were blocked off. The fire was brought under control by 4 Engine companies, three fire trucks, 1 Shift Commander and 1 Battalion Chief and investigator.

The fire spread to an adjacent building at 633 SW Polk St. The Topeka Fire Department says an estimated $10,000 in structural damage losses.