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Alton fire department offers reward for info leading to arrest in possible arsons

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The Alton Fire Department is offering a $1,000 reward for anyone that has information leading to an arrest in connection with possible arsons that have occurred in the city. Credit: KMOV The Alton Fire Department is offering a $1,000 reward for anyone that has information leading to an arrest in connection with possible arsons that have occurred in the city. Credit: KMOV
ALTON, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

The Alton Fire Department is offering a $1,000 reward for anyone that has information leading to an arrest in connection with possible arsons that have occurred in the city.

Within two weeks the department has responded to four separate fires at vacant properties across the city.

Alton Fire Chief Bernie Sebold said all locations, three homes and one warehouse, were not connected to utilities, like electric and gas.

The four cases have all been determined criminal or suspicious in nature.

Now the Alton Police Department and Illinois State Fire Marshall are investigating the possible cases of arson.

The first two fires happened on March 11 about a block apart at 1125 Hampton and 1414 Fletcher.

James Patterson lives nearby one of the locations hit and hopes whoever is responsible is caught.

“I think the people that set it need to go to jail on the grounds they could have caused a fire that spread amongst other houses that people could have gotten hurt,” Patterson said.

The next fire happened inside the old Lenhardt Tool and Die Company building along Piasa on March 18.

Sebold said it appeared someone broke in trying to steal copper and a wooden crate was set on fire inside the building.

The fourth instance happened Friday and a firefighter was injured while responding.

On March 23, the department responded to 619 Brookside. Sebold said the firefighter slipped on steps and injured their back.

The State Fire Marshall’s Office released the following statement on the investigations.

The recent fires that occurred on March 11, 18 and 23 respectively in Alton are currently under investigation by the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM), Alton Police Department, and the Alton Fire Department. No additional information is available at this time. Anyone with information on these fires is asked to call the Alton Police Department’s tip line at (618) 465-5948 or the Fire Marshal’s hotline at 1-800-252-2947,” Leslie Strain said, Public Information Officer with the Office of the State Fire Marshal

Since shortly before New Year’s, there have been several fires in the city that are being investigated for arson according to local authorities.

The Chief released the following statement, saying in part:

Arson is a crime that can negatively impact a whole community. The act of arson not only damages one’s property but also creates worry in the residents of the impacted neighborhood. In an effort to curb the act of arson and create a safer city for our residents, Mayor Walker supports the Alton Fire Department in offering a standing $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a person that has committed the act of arson”

If you have any information on the fires, call the Illinois Fire Marshall Arson Hotline at 1-800-252-2947 or Alton police at 618-465-5948.

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