Man arrested in connection with arson after motor-home fire in North Topeka

Kenneth Ray Harris, 28, was booked into the Shawnee County Jail in connection with arson. (Shawnee County Jail)

A man has been arrested in connection with arson after a motor-home fire Wednesday afternoon in North Topeka.

 

The fire was reported around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in a motor-home at 541 N.E. Gordon, authorities said.

The arrested man, identified as Kenneth Ray Harris, 28, of 931 S.W. Randolph, was booked into the Shawnee County Jail in connection with arson.

Harris remained in jail on Thursday. No bond had been set pending his first appearance before a Shawnee County District Court Judge on Thursday morning.

Authorities said the Topeka Fire Department responding to the fire found a recreational vehicle fully involved in flames. Crews quickly brought the fire under the control. A search of the vehicle revealed no one was in side.

A preliminary investigation indicated the fire was incendiary in nature, or was intentionally set.

Fire investigators identified and located Harris as a suspect in the case.

Harris then was arrested and taken to jail.

The estimated dollar loss in the fire was estimated at $3,500. Of that amount, $3,000 was to the vehicle and $500 was to its contents.

Anyone with information about the circumstances of this fire may call Capital Area Crime Stoppers at (785) 234-0007 or 1-(800)-222 TIPS.

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