The fire that destroyed a $1.5 million Shawnee mansion Wednesday was intentionally set, Shawnee fire officials said Friday.
The 9,000-square-foot home at 5450 Lackman Road was situated in a secluded area near Lake Quivira, and the owner was out of town at the time, officials said.
On Friday, officials reported that while investigating the fire they found evidence that the property had been vandalized and that items had been removed from the home.
Shawnee Fire Chief John Mattox said someone who smelled smoke reported the fire about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, but someone else later told officials that they had seen smoke in the area about 90 minutes earlier.
A joint investigation is now underway with the Fire Department and the Shawnee Police Department.