A minor injury was suffered by a firefighter who was knocked down by one of the eleven residents of the home who tried to get back inside to save the victim. That man was arrested.
The house in the 4400 block of Gannett was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.
Witnesses contacted police after seeing burning clothes on the sidewalk and a nude man running from the scene.
Investigators found a rag sticking out a gas tank and a gas can not far from the vehicles.
The blaze broke out about 7:30 a.m. at a home on Theodosia near Union.
Firefighters had to work to keep the flames from spreading to nearby businesses.
Firefighters arrived at the two story, wood-frame house on Emerson at Bircher just before 11:00 a.m.
The layoffs will happen because a three-year, $3.3 million federal grant runs out at the end of March.
Collinsville Fire Captain Dusty Cottage along with two firefighters used a sledgehammer to get into the apartment at 223 North Seminary Street.
Twelve properties in eight years, all owned by developer Paul McKee have burned to the ground.
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