Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Authorities: Arson Blazes Not Linked

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Authorities: Arson Blazes Not Linked

Article excerpt

Two house fires that were intentionally set Thursday morning don't appear to be connected, Topeka fire marshal Mike Martin said.

The first blaze was reported just before 4 a.m. at a vacant residence at 1523 S.W. Polk.

First-arriving firefighters discovered heavy smoke and flames coming from the rear of the single-story, wooden-frame structure. Crews began an "aggressive fire attack," Topeka Fire Department officials said.

After a search for occupants, it was quickly determined no one was inside.

A preliminary investigation determined the fire began on the exterior rear porch and was intentionally set.

The blaze caused an estimated $6,500 in damage.

At 6:34 a.m., firefighters were called to 3359 S.E. Irvingham in the city's Hi-Crest neighborhood.

First-arriving crews found a small amount of flames on the front exterior portion of the house. …

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