Morning Fire That Destroyed One House, Damaged Second Was Arson

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- Topeka fire crews are investigating the cause of a fire that started in a vacant building and caught a second building on fire early Tuesday morning.

Shawnee County dispatch told 13 NEWS that the fire was called into authorities around 2:40 a.m. in the 1200 block of Southwest Fillmore.
Topeka Fire Shift Commander Martin Gray said that when fire fighters arrived they found vacant building fully engulfed by the fire and flames had reached a house next door.

Gray said that fire crews help evacuate the house and everybody that was inside made it safely out. Crews also helped rescue several pets that were inside.

Gray said the vacant home had no electricity and he believed the gas wasn't hooked up either.

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Fire officials told 13 NEWS Tuesday afternoon that the fire was intentionally set.