Suspicious fire destroys Loves Park house

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LOVES PARK - Fire investigators say an overnight fire that destroyed a house at 5405 Harriett Avenue is suspicious.

Firefighters were called about 1 a.m. Tuesday, Loves Park Fire Chief Philip Foley said.

"There was fire coming out of every window and crack in the house," Foley said.

The house was a total loss. No one was injured.

Fire was so intense that firefighters began a defensive fire attack only. That meant that no firefighters attempted to enter the structure but instead hit the interior with water from outside, cutting windows into larger entrances into the house.

It was so badly damaged by fire, it will be ordered demolished after fire and insurance investigators complete their review, Foley said.
Although no incendiary device was discovered, Foley said the cause of the fire is suspicious.

A Loves Park Fire Department investigator, Illinois State Fire Marshal investigator and Loves Park Police Department detectives are investigating.

Foley said the house was being rented. No one was apparently home at the time of the fire. The renter's vehicle was not present and the renter has not yet been located, Foley said.

It is the area's third suspected arson fire in less than a week.

Rockford Fire Department investigators said a fire early Monday morning at a food mart at 2704 W. State St. was set by suspects who threw Molotov cocktails onto the roof.

An arson fire also destroyed a house just after 10 p.m. Thursday night at 911 Acorn Street in Rockford.

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