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Three Suspicious Fires Challenge ESL Firefighters

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Il. (KMOX)-It was a busy and dangerous night for East St. Louis firefighters as they fought three vacant house fires across the city.

Captain Eddie Chandler says his crews were on the run all night long, “Absolutely no sleep at all. We’ve been to structure fire after structure fire. They’ve all obviously been vacant. Suspicious, incendiary possibly.” 
Chandler tells KMOX the fires were at 26th and State, 52nd and Ohio and 10th and Gaty. 

Donnie Nichols lives near the Gaty scene, which was across the street from a house that was set on fire recently, next to the remains of a house that burned well over a year ago and within sight of a the brick shell of a burned out apartment building, “It’s sad. How can you bring people to the city when they drive through and see stuff like this. It’s sad.”

As he looked at the newly burned house he lamented, “It might be two, three years before they tear it down.”

When asked if anyone saw anything suspicious at any of the fires, Chandler said, “There’s never no witnesses that come forth. That’s how it usually goes.” 

There were no injuries in any of the fires.

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