Topeka woman, 2, girls killed in house fire; mom's boyfriend survives to face charges

16 days ago

Topeka news, Kansas news.

A Topeka woman and two young girls died in a tragic house fire that was intentionally set by the woman's boyfriend, authorities said.

The fire erupted at around 5 a.m. Friday at the family's two-story home at 916 S.W. Warren Avenue. Firefighters were met with heavy flames and smoke before they could reach the residents trapped inside, two adults and two girls.

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  • Genny L. Fitzpatrick, 30; Peyton L. Tyler, 9; and Kourtney K. Tyler, 1, died from their injuries.

    32-year-old Kyle J. Tyler remained at a local hospital until his release Saturday; he was reportedly questioned by police and charged with three counts of first-degree murder, four counts of aggravated assault, and two counts of aggravated child endangerment.

    Authorities did not disclose a motive but said that the incident was domestic in nature.