Arson Blamed For North Topeka Fire

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- An early afternoon fire that tore through a north Topeka home early Wednesday afternoon was intentionally set, according to the Topeka Fire Dept. (TFD) Investigation Unit.

The blaze appeared to start in the front central living room and spread through the first and second floors and into the attic. It caused around $13,000 in damages, almost all of it was to the structure itself.

Smoke billowed from the house, 1229 NW Central Ave., as firefighters arrived around 1:00 p.m. Crews searched the home for possible victims twice, but did not find anyone there.

Battling a strong wind as well as the flames, firefighters knocked down the flames and quickly extinguished the fire. They had a tough time reaching some of the trouble spots in the attic, TFD Shift Commander Martin Gray explained explained. False spaces in the roof made them tough to reach, said Gray.

No one was hurt fighting the blaze.

Posted by: Nick Viviani