Topeka woman arrested for aggravated arson

Bernice Tilton

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – A woman is in police custody after a fire at a Topeka apartment complex.

It happened just after 3 p.m. Friday at the Embassy Apartments on SW Gage Boulevard, just north of I-470 in Topeka.

According to firefighters the fire broke out in a first floor apartment.  A woman was inside the apartment at the time, but she was able to get out before firefighters arrived.

Neighbors called 911 after they saw smoke and flames coming from the apartment.

When The Topeka Fire Department crews arrived on the scene, they confirmed no one was inside.

After a preliminary investigation, Topeka Fire concludes the fire was intentionally set and they are ruling it as incendiary.

43 year old Bernice F. Tilton, was booked into The Shawnee County Department of Corrections for aggravated arson.

The estimated total dollar loss is over $400,000.

The American Red Cross assisted.


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