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Three youths arrested in connection with Topeka mall fire

December 31, 2020 GMT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — 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 was built on the site of the former White Lakes Country Club and opened in 1964. It once was anchored by anchored by an 85,000-square-foot Sears store and a 52,300-square-foot J.C. Penney store.

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