TFD: N. Topeka fire was intentially set; Good Samaritan woke resident

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The occupant of a north Topeka home made it to safety Monday morning after a passing driver spotted heavy smoke billowing from the back of the house.

The Topeka Fire Dept. says the Good Samaritan quickly stopped, went up to the home and started knocking. After banging on the door several times, the person inside woke up and got out of the home.

Firefighters arriving at the scene, in the 300 block of NW Fairchild Street, around 7:45 a.m. said they could see smoke and flames coming from the south side of the home. They put the fire and managed to keep it from spreading to other structures.

The preliminary investigation indicates the the blaze was intentionally set. Investigators say it started on the south side of the home and estimated the damages at $5,000.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 785-234-0007 or 1-80--222-8477 (TIPS).