Three youths arrested in connection with Topeka mall fire
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.
Its popularity waned after the larger West Ridge Mall opened in west Topeka in 1988.