Arson detectives believe they know the identity of Saturday's offender, a source said.
Fire was set to contents of a trash bin behind the 900 block of W. Belmont around 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon. The flames quickly jumped to a 3-story coach house which sits behind the Belmont Army retail store.
One of the displaced fire victims relies on a wheelchair for mobility, police said. City services were working with the Red Cross to find temporary housing for that man and one other occupant.
Saturday evening, investigators identified a person of interest in the fire. The man, 54, has a substantial arrest record for relatively minor violations such as trespassing, battery, and drinking in public. He lists a Lincoln Park address. CWB is withholding the man's name because he has not yet been charged in the fire case.
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