TOPEKA (KSNT) – The Topeka Fire Department says a house fire on Sunday was intentionally set.
At 1:16 Sunday morning the Topeka Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire at 2115 NW Buchanan Ave. On arrival of suppression crews a fire was discovered around a dryer vent and was quickly extinguished. The structure was occupied at the time of this fire, but all occupants were able to self-evacuate unharmed. The exact cause of this fire could not be determined, but at the time was believed to have been associated with the venting of the dryer.
At 6:00 a.m. the Topeka Fire Department responded to the same address on a report of a structure fire. First arriving fire crews reported heavy fire involvement of the front of structure. An immediate interior search of the structure was conducted and the dwelling was found to be unoccupied. The fire was quickly extinguished, confining the damage to the structure of fire origin.
Early investigation of the fire fire remains under investigation, the second fire has been determined to be intentionally set and have ruled the two fires to be separate events.
The fire caused $50,000 in damage to the house.
No injuries were reported.
The Topeka Fire Department is requesting that anyone with additional information as to the cause of this fire contact Crime Stoppers at 785-234-0007.