Saturday, June 27, 2015

HOUSE FIRE: Dismissed As "Not Uncommon," New Video Sparks Arson Investigation

When a Sheffield Avenue house caught on fire at 4AM Monday, no investigation was conducted. Fires in alleys are "not uncommon," the homeowner was told.

But when DNAInfo Chicago came into possession of a neighbor's surveillance video from that night, arson investigators were called in.

The video shows two men crouching behind the soon-to-be engulfed home. Sparks of light are visible near them. Seven minutes after the two walk away, the family that lives inside the home was awakened by a smoke detector. No one was injured, but three people were displaced.

Other Fires

• Just two blocks away from Monday's incident, another fire broke out in an alley on Sheffield earlier this month.

That fire, on the second-floor rear deck of the former Leona's restaurant at 3215 Sheffield, was also dismissed as not suspicious.

• A garbage can was set ablaze near Southport and Wrightwood at 9:45PM on June 1. In that case, a nearby bar patron reported seeing a man lurking around and circling the block before the fire. The man, whose race is not known, is described as having a medium build, wearing a blue hoodie, and carrying a light-colored backpack.
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  1. A good reminder that the city is loaded with people who are evil and deranged. Living in the city means watching your back every second.

  2. WTF?!?!? Arson of an Occupied Building? Where a family is sleeping?

    In the civilized world, that is considered attempted murder. And the police investigate it like an attempted murder.
    The BATFE may be a bunch of incompetent clowns when it comes to guns, but I have heard their arson people are reasonably competent. Call them in before someone dies.