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).