Youth arrested in series of arson fires in Topeka


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a youth in a recent outbreak of arson fires in Topeka.

The Topeka Fire Department said in a news release that the male suspect was booked Tuesday night into the Shawnee County Juvenile Department of Corrections on suspicion of four counts of aggravated arson, five counts of arson and one count of burglary. The release says all arson counts are related to separate incidents.

The outbreak of fires occurred in area about 1 mile north of Washburn University. No details were offered, but fire officials said earlier that the city was experiencing a higher-than-expected number of arson fires.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives assisted with the fire department’s investigation.

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