Weekend fire at White Lakes Mall found to be intentionally set

A weekend fire at White Lakes Mall has been found to have been set by transients within the building.
Published: Oct. 16, 2022 at 7:05 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A weekend fire at White Lakes Mall has been found to have been set by transients within the building.

The Topeka Fire Department says that just before 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16, crews were called to the 3600 block of Topeka Blvd. with reports of smoke coming from the roof of the old White Lakes Mall property.

When firefighters arrived, they said suppression crews reported smoke visible from the roof. An investigation of the inside found a small fire in the vacant areas of the old mall.

TFD said that a search of the inside found that it was vacant. The fire was quickly extinguished and contained to the building.

No injuries were reported in the fire, however, about $500 was lost in damages.

TFD noted that the fire was found to be intentionally set as evidence of transient traffic.