Report: Springfield house fire investigated as arson

Springfield Police and Fire Divisions are investigating a Tuesday night house fire as an arson.
Springfield Police and Fire Divisions are investigating a Tuesday night house fire as an arson.

Springfield police and fire divisions are investigating a Tuesday night house fire as an arson.

Officers were dispatched around 11:25 p.m. Tuesday to the 400 block of West Pleasant Street for a residential fire, according to a Springfield police report.

When police arrived, the fire division was on scene and the fire was extinguished.

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“(Officers) observed that the suspect threw a piece of foundation limestone through the west dining room window. The suspect then poured an unknown accelerant, believed to be Kerosene, in the window on the wood floor. The accelerant was lit and a fire began,” the report stated.

A neighbor told police that the flame of the fire was blue when it burned. The fire division said Kerosene has a blue flame when ignited, the report stated. The neighbor also said that an unknown person told him that two men were seen running west behind the property after the fire began.

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The window, wall and floor beneath the window were all damaged from the fire.

No suspect or other witness information was available.

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

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