TOPEKA (KSNT) – Firefighters were called to a fire just before 5 a.m. Wednesday morning at 4031 SE Mercier Street that they believe may have been intentionally set.

Crews received a call around 4:47 a.m. Wednesday. KSNT confirmed reports of heavy flames on the first floor, and firefighters actively began putting out the fire minutes later, according to Shawnee County Dispatch.

According to the Topeka Fire Department, the damage exceeded $45,000.

A search of the building revealed there were no people in the building at the time and there were no working smoke detectors.

The Topeka Fire Department is on scene.