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Topeka Fire responds to third blaze in four months at vacant home

Topeka firefighters battle a blaze at 1600 SW Clay St. on June 3, 2021.
Topeka firefighters battle a blaze at 1600 SW Clay St. on June 3, 2021.(WIBW/Jovarie Downing)
Published: Sep. 3, 2021 at 7:40 AM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Topeka Fire Department responded to its third blaze in four months at a vacant home on SW Clay Street.

The fire broke out just after 10:30 p.m. Thursday night at 1600 SW Clay St.

TFD said they found light smoke coming from the front door of the two-story home. Crews were able to quickly get the fire out.

They said no one was inside the home and it is known to be vacant.

13 NEWS records show a fire was intentionally set at the same home on June 3, 2021. That blaze caused $2,500 in damage.

TFD was called back to the home on August 21, 2021 for another fire. This one caused $12,000 in damage and fire investigators ruled it was also intentionally set.

The structure is so badly damaged from those previous fires, TFD said the estimated dollar loss amount from Thursday’s blaze is zero.

The fire was ruled incendiary and remains under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (785) 234-0007.

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