Topeka Fire investigates three intentionally set blazes

Topeka fire investigators are looking into three fires, including two that occurred within 20 minutes of each other. (Google Maps)

The Topeka Fire Department on Friday was investigating three fires, including two that occurred early Friday just a few blocks apart.


The fires, all reported by neighbors, appear to have been intentionally set and caused a combined $19,000 in damage, the department said.

The first fire occurred just before 3 p.m. Thursday in an abandoned building at 1726 S.W. Harrison. That fire caused about $3,000 in damage.

Early Friday, firefighters contained a blazes about five blocks apart in Central Highland Park.

The first fire, reported just after 1:30 a.m. at 1406 S.E. 24th, heavily damaged a residence. The occupants weren’t home at the time, but American Red Cross personnel were on scene later to assist. That fire caused about $15,000 in damage.

About 20 minutes after the first fire, neighbors reported smoke and flames coming from a detached garage at 2324 S.E. Virginia. The estimated damage was about $1,000.

Anyone with information about the fires is asked to contact contact Crime Stoppers at (785) 234-0007 or toll free at 1 (800) 222-TIPS (8477).