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Crews extinguish intentionally set garage fire in North Topeka

Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 5:27 AM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Crews extinguished a garage fire that was ruled intentionally set early Thursday in North Topeka.

The blaze was reported around 2:25 a.m. Thursday at 828 N.E. Monroe.

It was the second time in less than a year that the Topeka Fire Department responded to a blaze at that location.

In Thursday morning’s fire, a garage on the north side of the property was destroyed in the blaze.

Topeka Fire Marshal Todd Harrison said first-arriving crews found hedavy smoke and flames coming from the small detached garage.

A search of the structure found no one was inside.

A preliminary investigation indicated the fire was incendiary in nature, or intentionally set.

The estimated dollar loss was $2,000, all o fwhich was associated with structural damage to the garage.

A two-story house on the property was boarded up and appeared to be vacant.

No injuries were reported in Thursday morning’s fire.

Another fire occurred at the same property early on Aug. 25, 2020.

In that instance, the two-story house on the property caught fire. Officials ruled that blaze also was incendiary in nature, or intentionally set. The estimated loss in that blaze was estimated at $1,000, all of which was associated with the structure.

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

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