TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) Investigators aren't sure what exactly started an overnight blaze in central Topeka on Friday - but they say it was probably intentionally set. The fire destroyed the vacant building.
Nobody was in the building when neighbors started smelling smoke in the area around 1:00 a.m. After tracking the smoke to the building in the 600 block of SW Polk Street, the neighbors called the Fire Dept.
Firefighters could see heavy smoke and flames coming from the two-story structure as soon as they arrived. Because of the size of the fire and how the building was constructed, they took a defensive posture and tried to protect a commercial structure to the north.
The fire was under control by 3:30 a.m.
Investigators believe it started in the front of the first floor. They estimate it did about $20,000 in damage.