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Three youths arrested in connection with Topeka mall fire

Topeka Fire Crews respond to White Lakes Mall early Tuesday morning.
Topeka Fire Crews respond to White Lakes Mall early Tuesday morning.(Phil Anderson)
Published: Dec. 31, 2020 at 11:22 AM CST
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(AP) - TOPEKA, Kan. - An 18-year-old and two juveniles have been taken into custody in connection with a fire at an abandoned Topeka mall that authorities believe was intentionally set.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that a tip led to the arrests on Wednesday.

It wasn’t immediately clear on Thursday if charges had been filed.

The fire on Tuesday morning at White Lakes Mall caused an estimated $100,000 in damage. The mall opened in 1964.

Its popularity waned after the larger West Ridge Mall opened in west Topeka in 1988.

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