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Police: Washington Park arson could have begun with St. Louis stolen car

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WASHINGTON PARK, IL (KMOV.com) -- An early morning fire set in Washington Park Wednesday sparked an investigation into a stolen car.

Washington Park Fire Chief Charles Schrieber says around 1:40 Wednesday morning, his department received a call of a structure fire.

Crews arrived and noticed a stolen car in flames.

“We get quite a few stolen cars,” said Schrieber. “I believe someone picked it up possibly in St. Louis, getting it and using it for a ride back across (the river) or doing another crime, bringing it here. They dump it in the Washington Park area and set it on fire.”

Pansy Logan works at Sherry’s Homestyle Cooking, a restaurant just a few blocks from where the alleged arson took place.

“It could’ve been my house. It could’ve been your house. Anybody’s house could’ve had the same thing happen,” said Logan.

Schrieber tells News 4 the car appeared to be a newer model Dodge Magnum.  He thinks a group of young people is behind the crime.

Investigators say the arsonist drove the stolen car right inside the open garage, thinking the home in front of it was vacant.

The fire quickly spread through the backyard and burned the back end of the house where a man was inside. The resident didn’t suffer any injuries.

The suspect(s) haven’t been caught. If you know anything about the incident you’re asked to call Washington Park Police.

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