June 18, 2013 in City

Investigators seeking connections between two fires

From staff reports
 
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Investigators are looking for a connection between two fires that occurred on the same block within 24 hours and said at least one of them was intentionally set.

A two-story wood frame home at 3013 N. Lee Street caught fire this morning around 5:30. Though neighbors told firefighters the home was vacant, a man was found to be living there.

Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer said the man was forced to break out a second-floor window and jump to the ground. He was taken to a hospital for several cuts and smoke inhalation.

Another fire occurred on the same block on Monday. Schaeffer said the house was supposed to be vacant but firefighters found evidence a homeless person had been living there.

He said both fires were human-caused and the one this morning is suspected of being intentionally set.

Firefighters were able to confine the fire to the main floor but the home suffered heat and smoke damage throughout, a news release said.

No firefighters were injured.


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