Topeka fire victim’s family gets $16K demolition bill

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Relatives of an 18-year-old who was killed in a house fire last month were outraged to receive a more than $16,000 bill from Topeka for tearing down the damaged structure.

The Topeka Capital-Journal ( ) reports that Morgan Duncan’s family members had a memorial service for the 18-year-old Saturday afternoon. While the mother and grandparents were preparing to say their final goodbyes, they received the bill.

The city of Topeka told Duncan’s mother, Cheri Duncan, she could make payments. But Duncan’s grandmother, Mary Johnson, says her daughter didn’t have homeowner’s insurance and probably won’t be able to handle even a small monthly payment.

Johnson says Cheri and Morgan Duncan were on a fixed income of about $1,400 per month before the fire.



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