House fire deliberately set


DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — Investigators say a house fire Wednesday evening in Danville was intentionally set.

A press release from the Danville Fire Department says crews responded around 7:40 p.m. to a house at North Jackson and Sidell streets.

Firefighters say when they got there they found heavy flames and smoke.

The investigators say they discovered there was no gas or electric service to the house when the fire happened.

The release says no one was hurt, and the house was a total loss.

The fire department says an excavator was brought in to push the house down and help put the fire out.

Neighbors tell WCIA, this isn’t the first time this has happened either.

“It’s been quite a few in the last few years,” one neighbor, Russell Henson said. “They’ve been all over down the street, and there was another house on the other side of the street that also burned down.”

It didn’t take long for crews to clear out the debris when it was gone, but there’s another problem. Neighbors have said squatters come in and out of vacant houses in the area, and some are concerned another vacant house could go up in flames. At the moment, there hasn’t been a connection made between squatters and this recent fire.

Firefighters said if you know anything about how this fire may have started, to call police.

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