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House fire on NE Spruce being investigated as homicide

Published: Sep. 26, 2021 at 8:41 AM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Topeka Police Department says a house fire on NE Spruce Lane is being investigated as a homicide.

Topeka Fire crews were called around 7:30 a.m. Sunday to the 300 block of NE Spruce Lane. The location is just east of N. Kansas Ave.

Topeka Police say fire crews pulled Palmer S. Thompson, 29, of Topeka, out of the home. He was deceased, and police said early in their investigation circumstances of the death were considered suspicious.

Topeka Police officers were seen going door to door to talk to neighbors, and crime scene tape was put up around the home.

The home suffered extensive damage. Topeka Fire officials say the first firefighter through the door fell through the floor into the basement, and had to be rescued. He was treated at the scene, and is okay.

Fire investigators believe the fire was intentionally set, and caused an estimated $121,540 in damage.

Anyone with information about the investigation should email telltpd@topeka.org, or call TPD Criminal Investigations, 785-368-9400. Tips also may be made anonymously through Shawnee Co. Crime Stoppers, 785-234-0007.

This was one of two major fires Topeka Fire Dept. crews dealt with Sunday morning. Just before the NE Spruce all, crews were sent to a house fire in the 900 block of N. Jackson.

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