Apparent arson damages car, nearby homes in Springfield


An apparent arson that began in a car in Springfield also damaged nearby homes, according to a police report.

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Springfield police officers and firefighters were sent to the 1400 block of South Limestone Street on a report of an SUV fully engulfed in flames in an alley next to the home at about 8:15 p.m. Sunday. The fire also spread to a wooden stairway and a portion of vinyl siding, the report said.

The fire also spread to the other side of the alley, causing a small portion of vinyl siding to bubble.

A witness saw an unknown male suspect toss an item into the SUV and flee the scene on foot. The small fire quickly turned into a large fire, the witness said. It’s unclear what started the fire, the report said.

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