Early morning fire ruled as arson, Topeka Fire Department looks to public for help

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TOPEKA (KSNT) – Crews extinguished a house fire in downtown Topeka that completely engulfed a vacant home early Thursday morning, according to the Topeka Fire Department.

8:15 a.m.

The Topeka Fire Department is asking for help from the public to solve an arson case that happened at 1119 SW Clay Street in Topeka early Thursday morning.

The department reported that the initial investigation appears to indicate the vacant building fire was intentional.

Any residents with information are being encourages to contact Crime Stoppers at 785-234-0007, or toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

3:48 a.m.

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Topeka firefighters have extinguished the fire. A damage report detailing the cause of the fire and amount lost has not been released at this time, according to a KSNT News reporter on scene.

This same house also caught fire in January 2021, displacing a family of 5 after it completely destroyed the interior; firefighters did not allow the family back into the home for fear of collapse.

Crews battled the January flames for over two hours and investigators reported a total loss of $54,000 including home and personal belongings.

2:15 a.m.

Emergency response teams received the call around 1:57 a.m. and fire crews are on scene at 1119 SW Clay St. working to contain the fire.

The home is abandoned and crews are not concerned about any residents or pets trapped inside, according to dispatch.

This is a developing story.

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