Early morning Topeka house fire reported as arson, 1 person arrested

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Investigators say an early morning house fire in Topeka Wednesday was intentionally set.

The Topeka Fire Department responded to the structure fire located at 705 SE Branner at 4:20 a.m. When crews arrived they could see the single story wood framed home fully engulfed in flames.

Firefighters quickly worked to bring the blaze under control, but not before it damaged the home next door.

Fire crews searched the home and determined it was unoccupied.

Two adults and two kids who live at the house were able to get out safely before crews arrived.

An investigation’s unit responded and determined the fire was intentionally set.  TFD says 28-year-old Tanesha Gail Carter was arrested and booked into jail for aggravated arson and on outstanding Shawnee County warrant.

According to Carter’s booking report, she is a resident of the home.

The Estimated amount of damage was reported to be $20,000.

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