Topeka man found dead in house fire ruled to be arson


TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) — The Topeka Fire Department calls a Sunday morning fire where a man was found dead arson. Police identified him as Palmer S. Thompson, 29, of Topeka.

Just after 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Topeka fire crews were called out by concerned neighbors to the 300 block of NE Spruce Lane to a house fire.

A press release issued Monday morning said a preliminary investigation indicates the fire was intentionally set.

Alan Stahl, a spokesperson for the fire department, said when the first firefighter walked into the house, he immediately fell through the floor and basement. It then became a “Mayday” situation, which focuses on recovering a lost or injured firefighter.

After recovering the firefighter from the basement, crews began fighting the fire defensively, meaning outside the home.

Investigators estimated the dollar loss at $121,540.

More details of the fire will emerge as the investigation continues. Anyone with information about this fire is asked to email or call the Topeka Police Criminal Investigation Bureau at 785-368-9500 or Shawnee County Crime Stoppers at 785-234-0007.

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