Report: Springfield Fire Division finds bottle with ‘suspected accelerant’ inside vehicle that caught fire

Springfield Police and Fire Divisions are investigating a vehicle fire as an arson.

Officers were dispatched around 2 a.m. on Tuesday to the 1400 block of West Clark Street to assist the fire department with an arson of a vehicle, according to a Springfield police report.

When police arrived, they observed a 2012 Chevrolet Impala that had been on fire.

“Officers were advised it was believed to be an accelerant had been used to set the vehicle on fire,” the report stated. “Fire personnel advised the chief had collected a plastic bottle found inside the vehicle which contained a suspected accelerant.”

Police were able to speak with the owner of the vehicle who said he was inside the basement when he heard a loud band around 1 a.m.

“(The owner) stated he looked out the front window of (the residence) and observed his vehicle was on fire,” the report stated. “He stated he saw an unknown suspect fleeing west on West Clark Street.”

No other suspect or witness information was available.

Springfield Police and Fire Divisions continue their investigation into this arson incident.

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