Investigators say man intentionally set Topeka home on fire with people inside

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TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – A man intentionally lit a house on fire Wednesday morning while people were inside, and now faces an aggravated arson charge, according to the Topeka Fire Department.

Police took Austen Burris, 30, into custody and booked him into the Shawnee County Department of Corrections. Fire investigators accused him of causing $1,000 in structural damage around 8:30 a.m. to a home at 229 SW Western Ave.

The door has fallen in, and windows are knocked out in this home after a Wednesday morning fire that investigators say Austen Burris intentionally lit. (KSNT Photo/Cassie Nichols)

When firefighters were originally called to a morning report of a fire, they found smoke coming from the home on Western Avenue. They were able to put the fire out and kept it from spreading, and said the three people inside were able to get out safely.

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