Jill Bronaugh
Communication Manager
Office of the State Fire Marshal
800 SW Jackson, Suite 104
Topeka, KS 66612-1216
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Press Releases

Suspicious Fires in Montara

Shawnee County Sheriff's Office | Jul 31, 2014
July 31, 2014

For Immediate Release
News Release # 143107
Contact: Sheriff Herman T. Jones 785-251-2200

Recently, the Montara Community in Southwest Shawnee County has experienced a rash of fires. Four fires have been suspicious in nature and appear to have been intentionally set. Due to the serious nature of the recent fires, Sheriff Herman Jones and Shawnee Heights Fire Authorities have requested the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) assist. OFSM Investigators have joined Shawnee County authorities and are actively assisting in the ongoing investigation.

The following fires in the Montara neighborhood are being investigated as arson fires: 

06/22/2014     03:41     7207 SW Woodcroft Way     Smoldering Shed Fire 
06/22/2014 13:41  7203 SW Montara Pky  Detached Structure 
06/23/2014 01:59  1304 SW 69th Terr  Occupied Duplex 
07/25/2014  07:36  7207 SW Woodcroft Way  Occupied Duplex 

Sheriff Herman Jones said he is concerned that the latest fire was at the same address as a previous fire and could have easily endangered the residents who live in the structure as it was an occupied duplex. Due to the serious nature of these fires and danger to the community, Investigators are asking for the public’s assistance in helping solve these cases.  

Sheriff Jones urged anyone with information regarding any of these fires to call his office or Capital Area Crimestoppers at 234-0007.  Citizens’ may also submit a tip or text message a tip to 274637 (Crimes), then type “TOPTIP” at the start of your message. Information leading to the arrest of the subject(s) responsible for these crimes can be worth a reward from Crime Stoppers of up to $ 2,000.00 dollars. The tip and reward process has been set up to guarantee that tipsters can remain anonymous.

Sheriff Jones said he is confident that someone has information investigators need to determine who is responsible for endangering the community.  “We are confident someone in the community has the information that will help us determine who is responsible for setting these fires.  We just need that person to share that information with our investigators."