Arson reported as cause of Central Topeka house fire

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) — Crews with the Topeka Fire Department were called to a house fire around 7:37 Friday morning. The fire started at 432 SW Jewell Ave, about a block from St. Francis Hospital.

A passerby noticed flames coming from the house and called 911.

Upon arrival, firefighters had to crawl over boxes before they could reach the fire, which took about 20 minutes to put out. They determined the fire started on the south porch.

Firefighters believe the house may have been used for storage as the doors were boarded up. A search revealed the house was vacant at the time.

Preliminary investigation indicates the fire was intentionally set.

The estimated structural loss is $15,000 and the estimated content loss is $10,000.

Additionally, a neighboring structure sustained damaged due to the extreme heat from the fire.

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