Intentionally Set Topeka House Fire Causes $45k in Damage

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Tim Hrenchir

The Topeka Capital-Journal, Kan.


Jul. 21–An intentionally set fire did an estimated $45,000 damage early Wednesday morning at a house in southeast Topeka, a Topeka Fire Department official said. No one was hurt.

Topeka firefighters were called just before 5 a.m. to the blaze at the split-level house at 4031 S.E. Mercier, where no one was home when the fire began, said Topeka Fire Marshal Todd Harrison.

Mercier runs north and south about one-half mile west of S.W. Topeka Boulevard. Its 4000 block is located just north of the Kansas Turnpike.

Damages were estimated at $40,000 to the structure and $5,000 to its contents, Harrison said.

Working smoke detectors weren’t found in the house, he said.

Firefighters were assisted at the scene by Evergy, Kansas Gas Service and an American Medical Response ambulance crew, Harrison said.

He asked anyone with information about circumstances of the fire to call Crime Stoppers at 785-234-0007 or toll-free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Shawnee County Appraiser’s Office records indicate Thomas E. Blair and Nicholas T. Blair own the property at 4031 S.E. Mercier, which has an appraised value of $88,330. The house at that location was built in 1963, appraiser’s office records show.


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