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Crews battle intentionally set fire in Topeka’s Tennessee Town neighborhood

Published: Apr. 22, 2021 at 4:44 AM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - An intentionally set fire destroyed a vacant house early Thursday in Topeka’s Tennessee Town neighborhood, authorities said.

It was the second time in just over three months that the same house had caught fire.

Crews were called at 1:57 a.m. Thursday to 1119 S.W. Clay on a report of a house on fire, authorities said.

When crews arrived on the scene, they found the two-story house was fully involved in flames.

Topeka Fire Marshal Todd Harrison said flames and heavy smoke were coming from the house when crews arrived.

Firefighters battled the blaze and kept it confined to the house where it started, Harrison said.

However, heat from the fire caused damage to a neighboring house to the north at 1115 S.W. Clay.

Harrison said residents of that home were able to make it outside safely on their own.

No injuries were reported and crews had cleared the scene by around 4:30 a.m.

Harrison said the preliminary investigation into the blaze indicates it was incendiary, or intentionally set.

The estimated loss was $5,500, of which $5,000 was associated with the structure and $500 to its contents.

An additional $5,000 in damage was reported to the neighboring house, which sustained heat damage.

The same house caught fire around 4 a.m. Jan. 19.

In that incident, fire officials said five people escaped the burning house, which is located at the northwest corner of S.W. Munson and Clay.

The estimated dollar loss in the January blaze was $54,000, including $37,000 to the structure and $17,000 to its contents.

Anyone with information on the fire may call Shawnee County Crime Stoppers at 785-234-0007.

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