Wednesday, September 24, 2014

BOLD: 3 More Suspicious Fires Reported In Wrigleyville, Boystown

Map of recent suspicious fires. Red icons mark the
sites of the latest three incidents.
Two suspicious fires erupted in fifteen minutes here Wednesday afternoon. The daytime blazes come as Chicago police continue to search for an arson suspect in the neighborhood. Arson investigators became aware of a third, already-extinguished fire in Boystown this morning.

In Wednesday's fires, a car fire was reported at 2:50PM in the 1100 block of Eddy. Witnesses who were on-scene report that the fire may have been mechanical.

But, fifteen minutes later and three blocks away, another fire—initially reported as involving a work van—broke out in the 3300 block of Clark Street.

This morning, a resident of the 700 block of Aldine reported finding four burned-out trash cans near her apartment building. Her police report was filed over the phone because the fire was already extinguished when discovered. Arson investigators have been assigned to her case.

No one was injured in the latest fires, none of which has been deemed arson by investigators.

No Bail Reaffirmed

Hours before yesterday's fires, a Cook County judge reaffirmed no-bail status for Daniel Grubauer, a 30-year-old former Wrigleyville bartender who has been described by 48th ward aldermanic staff as a suspected arsonist.

Grubauer is charged with burglary after allegedly admitting to breaking into an Uptown building that later caught on fire. His high bond is technically in place because the state filed a request for violation of probation against Grubauer on a 2012 aggravated DUI conviction.

Chicago police have previously stated that they believe some of the fires in Wrigleyville and Boystown are the work of an "associate" of a man who is in police custody.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated. We removed an incident on Reta Avenue after learning that it was not a fire. We added the Aldine incidents, which we became aware of after our story's original post.

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16 comments:

  1. I was riding my bike heading north around 3300 N. Clark St. yesterday afternoon, and saw what appeared to be a good-sized pile of burned trash in a parking spot on the east side of the street. It immediately caught my eye because it looked very much like the piles of burned trash show in the photos of the recent alley fires' aftermaths. Does anyone doubt it's the same lunatic who continues to do this?

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  2. Off topic but I got asked to sign the petition to get Tunney on the ballot this morning. I said flat out no he just needs to go. I saw the guy approach 4 others that won't sign it either.

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    1. Ooooh, where was that? I want to reject signing, too, as many times as I'm able! That moron has to GO.

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    2. That is excellent news!!!

      We had a little block party a few weeks ago, and Cappleman and one of his minions were there. When asked to sign the petition I said hell no and told them why.

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  3. I live right down the street from the fire that happened on Eddy. I was walking home and cut through the parking lot between Taco Bell and the Cubby Bear and saw the burnt out car. There's parking for the Cubs game there and it looked like the car was just parked at the same time as the rest of the cars there. I asked one of the attendants at the Cubs lot next door and they said that they saw what happened. He said that a woman parked and turned off her car and it immediately burst into flames. Seeing as how I park in the alley right down the street, I was at least a little relieved that it sounded like it wasn't the work of the arsonist. Do you have any more details on that particular fire? I'm still hoping it was a case of engine trouble (albeit a horrible thing to happen in itself) rather than arson.

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  4. Why not include the alley fires around Southport/Grace from the spring on this map? They certainly seem related.

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  5. Does 19 have any undercover officers that can work on stuff like this? If so when do they work? Are they out during the late night hours?

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    1. Area North has committed resources to this pattern.

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    2. Do you honestly think the CPD is going to put their tactics and techniques out to the public? Come on people. You don't think bad guys use social media?

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  6. On another off topic note....please everyone sign this petition to
    Stop the CTA from wasting $320 million in taxpayer funds & tearing down 20 buildings in the heart of Lakeview.


    http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/save-lakeview-from-proposed?source=s.fwd&r_by=7935500

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    1. It's almost like the city would benefit from crime going up in the neighborhood in order to depress property values for the buildings it needs to buy.

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  7. He hit again last night. Thank God someone from Houndstooth pulled the can away from the building. Happened on the alley behind Clark on Roscoe around 2:25 AM. Took fire department 15 minutes to get here since they were putting out another fire around the corner. Note from my neighbor:

    "Not sure how you guys slept through this but the arsonist set our garbage can on fire about an hour ago at 2:25 am. I heard what sounded like someone kicking a bottle really hard which woke me and when I looked out the window I saw the reflection of the fire. I am guessing it was a Molotov cocktail they threw in there. One of the guys from houndtooth pulled it away from the garage and into the middle of the alley so it would not catch anything on fire. Good thing because I emptied a fire extinguisher into it and went back inside for another and it was still going. I had called the fire department who was already responding to another fire around the corner of our alley. It took them about 15 minutes to get here but luckily we had it under control by then. It went up fast, if we did not catch it right away it could have easily have caught A******’s garage on fire. We are hoping the camera on houndstooth caught something. The cops and fire department were of little help, the whole thing was handled by the people in the neighborhood so I am hoping that a detective or someone comes to investigate. About 6 cops showed up and stood on the corner. Took the names of some people and that is about it. There is the carnage of one of the cans laying in the middle of the alley. Any idea how we get a new garbage can?"

    My hearing is not good and I slept through the whole thing. My thanks to my neighbor and the people at Houndstooth.

    One question. We talk about police being understaffed. Is the same thing happening to the fire department?

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    1. Thank you for sharing this, annon. These fires may seem innocuous when people hear it was "just" a garbage can. We've visited the scenes of every suspicious fire since June. The garbage fires have spread to a number of cars and a garage. We also believe that a garbage can fire spread to burn down a coach house on Wellington a couple of weeks ago.

      The other fire last night appears to have been set in a garbage dumpster UNDER the second-floor balcony of an occupied home on Buckingham.

      Until this situation is resolved, refuse such as mattresses, boxes, and crates should not be allowed to sit in alleys overnight. If there is any way for residents to secure the lids on their alley trash receptacles, we urge them to do so.

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  8. This is very scary. Glad I'm on the 11th floor. But I worry about the folks who are close to the ground.

    Stay alert and safe. Hope they catch this loser soon. Who does shit like this?? I don't understand.

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    1. sorry to say,but i'm not sure you should feel that safe being higher up. if the bottom floors were to catch serious fire, how would you get down from 11 floors? in a fire, everyone in and around that fire is in big danger as flames rise up and around very quickly.
      we all need to keep a watch out.

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