Someone broke into a house in southeast Wichita on Tuesday morning, then started a fire that caused substantial damage, authorities said.
The incident was reported at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the 2200 block of South Stoneybrook, which is northeast of Pawnee and Webb. One or more suspects came in through the front door and stole two 55-inch flat screen televisions, according to a police document.
They then went upstairs and started a fire in a bedroom, Fire Capt. Stuart Bevis said.
“We had one room with heavy fire damage, and smoke damage through the rest of the house,” he said.
Damage was set at $100,000 — $75,000 to the structure and $25,000 to the contents.
Burglars who then set fire to the house or business they’ve just hit “doesn’t happen very often,” Bevis said.
Fires set by burglars are typically meant to conceal a crime, he said, but evidence found in fires can help investigators identify the burglar.