The Kansas State Fire Marshal's Office confirmed Friday afternoon that a fatal fire Thursday night at the Wyldewood Cellars Winery in Paxico was intentionally set and no suspects are being sought.

Jill Bronaugh, the fire marshal office's public information manager, said the victim hasn't been identified by the coroner.

On Thursday night, a woman who identified herself as longtime manager of the winery located at 23633 Grapevine Road but declined to give her name said a person set themselves on fire outside the front door. The fire spread to the building. The person’s body and a gas can were found near the front door, she said.

The winery closed at 4:30 p.m. because of the winter weather. The fire started about 6 p.m., which is the winery’s normal closing time.

The manager said a person driving past the winery saw the fire and reported it.

Firefighters were on scene for several hours Thursday night.

The Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Kansas City Field Division tweeted Friday they were working to determine the fire's cause.


ATF Special Agent / Certified Fire Investigators are working with @ksfiremarshal Investigators to determine the cause of last night’s fatal fire at Wyldewood Cellars Winery outside of Topeka, KS pic.twitter.com/vbZrF8gsjy


— ATF Kansas City (@ATFKansasCity) November 9, 2018//
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Wabaunsee County Sheriff Rob Hoskins said in a news release Friday morning that in addition to his agency and multiple Wabaunsee County fire districts, the Kansas Highway Patrol responded to the scene, as did American Medical Response Ambulance Co., the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office and fire departments from Paxico, McFarland, Maple Hill, Alma and Wamego.