Springfield Fire Department News Releases

Posted on: July 10, 2014

Springfield Fire Marshals investigate 4 vacant home fires in just 3 weeks

Firefighters at Jefferson St. Fire

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Springfield Fire Marshals are asking for neighbors to be on alert, as they investigate 4 fires in vacant homes since the beginning of August. Fire Marshals believe three of those fires were intentionally set. The fourth, located at 1529 N. Jefferson, is still undetermined and under investigation. “Fires in vacant houses are concerning for us because it’s difficult to know if anyone is inside,” said Assistant Chief of Prevention Randy Villines. “While making sure everyone escapes safely from a fire is a priority, we also want to ensure we are not sending our firefighters into a potentially dangerous situation unnecessarily.”

While the recent fires are not thought to be related, Springfield Fire Marshals ask that neighbors be on alert. Suspicious behavior in or near vacant houses should be immediately reported to 911. Unsecured vacant structures should also be reported by contacting Springfield Building Development Services at 864-1056. For tips on the most recent fires reported at 1511 N. Rogers Ave., 1018 S. Golden Ave., and 1837 E. Monroe Terrace, contact a Fire Marshal by calling 864-1500.

So far this year, Springfield firefighters have responded to a total of 12 fires at vacant houses. In addition to those already listed, 4 were intentionally set, 2 were undetermined and 2 were accidental in cause.

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