Springfield fire, police investigate 2 weekend arson incidents

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Springfield Fire and Police Divisions are investigating two reports of weekend arson incidents.

Officers were dispatched around 3:30 p.m. on Friday to the 500 block of S. Limestone St. to assist with an arson incident, according to a Springfield police report.

When police arrived, they spoke with fire officials who said they found an active fire in the downstairs unit but did not have to force entry into the apartment because the door was unlocked, the report says.

Once inside, fire crews said they found the kitchen stove and the cabinet next to the stove on fire.

“It appeared that various cloth items, including oven mitts, had been stuffed into the electric heating elements on the stove top. SFD advised that all four heating elements were turned on and were turned all the way up,” the report says.

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Fire crews were able to extinguish the fire, and found the wall behind the stove was also burned, the report says.

“SFD advised that next to the door where they made entry that they observed another oven mitt stuffed between the brick wall and a metal wrapping housing electrical lines. This oven mitt was also on fire at the time of their entry,” the report says. “SFD advised that the oven mitt on the wall was likely set on fire by a lighter or some other item.”

As officers were walking through the apartment, they found all smoke detectors had been removed, the report says.

According to the report, an employee of the apartments believe the fire was set by the resident who was evicted.

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Officers were later dispatched around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday to the 1500 block of Rebert Pike on a report of a vehicle on fire, according to a Springfield police report.

When police arrived, fire crews were on scene attempting to put the fire out in a 2001 Chevrolet Impala that crews believe to be an arson.

“There was no one found in or around the vehicle at the time of the fire,” the report says.

Police attempted to make contact with the owner of the vehicle but were unsuccessful.

No suspect information was available.

Springfield Police and Fire Divisions continue their investigation into these incidents.